Publishing is all about new beginnings. I'm good with that. Stay with one thing too long and I feel antsy and stagnant. I like to shake it up - even if it SCARES ME! We have a saying about the weather here in Texas --- that if you don't like it, wait a minute. It will change.
We like it that way. I think of this passage from one of my favorite novels, Willa Cather's My Antonia, where the narrator describes the prairie:
I feel that way about publishing. Always in motion, always changing, always starting fresh and new. At least that's my career. New editors, new publicists, new books. Each one filled with hope and promise. When THE SWEET DEAD LIFE arrives on May 14th, not that many weeks away, it will be new in many ways: A new series. A new publisher -- Soho Press. A new imprint - Soho Teen. My first book in hardcover, which is ever so exciting.
If you are new to writing, just starting out, I say embrace those new beginnings. Every rewrite, every revision -- it's your chance to tweak and get it right. To make your work the best it can be. To feel that promise and that adventure.
Like Cather's red grass prairie, let's be writers in motion. Ever changing. Ever reinventing. Ever beginning anew and anew and anew.