The Backup Plan

Posted 12 January, 2012 by DLWhite in Writers Write 1 Comment

Do you have one? A what if scenario that hides in the back of your mind, that gives you an “out” if things don’t go as swimmingly as you hoped?

I’ve made it clear to myself that I am writing a novel this year. And I will put my best foot forward and everything I am doing right now is in preparation of such. After I write the novel, it will be edited and rewritten and primped and primed and I will seek out an agent for representation and try to find a publisher to publish it.

In the back of my mind is the reservation… the what if I don’t? Find an agent? Find a publisher?

I think most people would argue that this is not the time to think about those kinds of things– I can’t even broke chapter 1 yet. I’m just not that way. If a friend tells me they’re visiting next month, I hop right on Open Table and reserve a spot at our fave restaurant. I’m a ‘do it now’ kind of person. So I’m worrying about it now… because if I have to break the glass and enact Plan B, I want to be ready.

What is the backup plan? Well, if you guessed self publish, you hit the nail on the head. I’m a little concerned about that plan though because:

a) If I self publish, my mom won’t be able to go to a bookstore and pick up my book. BUUUUT I could send her a printed copy probably.

b) I bounce through Amazon or B&N every once in awhile looking for a good (cheap) read. Invariably the least costly books turn out to be self published. Sometimes I honestly can’t tell… most times it’s glaringly obvious. If I can’t snag an agent or get a book published, what if it’s glaringly obvious that my book is bad. Will I be self-aware enough to know that the thing is crap and I should scrap it and write another book?

c) And mostly this… I’m not sure if it’ll quite satisfy the achievement of a dream.

But that’s why the backup plan is the backup plan and not the major, primary, workin’ hard for a livin’ plan.

No matter what, this book is getting written. I’ll deal with Plan A or B after that.

Do you have a Backup Plan? What does it entail, other than See Plan A?


One Response to “The Backup Plan”

  1. I don’t know about self publishing. I think that it’s sort of like low cal/low fat/low carb ice cream. It’s not what you really want and isn’t nearly as satisfying. I don’t have a Plan A, let alone a Plan B. Or maybe I’m ignoring my Plan A and Playing around in my Plan B.