...she literally wrote the books on both publishing, both traditional and self-publishing.
I want to contrast two trends of advice for aspiring authors like me, and, if you are reading this blog, like you: the tug-of-war between the craft-focused and career-focused mentality.
Take a moment and think about three of your favorite horror movies. Although they all target the same emotions - fear, tension, anxiety - they attack that same goal from different angles.
Wading through thousands of words in small print, I found myself scanning for keywords that applied to my specific situation:
I passed a major milestone in my journey yesterday - I finished my first novel-length first draft! A cyclone of conflicting emotions swept me up as I typed 'the end.'