For many of us, this is one huge event on our bucket list – to become a writer. To join the ranks of some of our literary heroes and share our stories with the rest of the world. It would be a dream come true.
When I was 10, I wanted to become a writer. I tore through books in my younger years. When I hit high school, I lost my ambition and my dream faded away. Lately, I have revived my thoughts about writing, and at this point, I feel that I would make a much better writer and author. I understand how to use social media, what options are open to me, I I have seen behind the scenes of what goes into making your bookish fantasy a reality.
The same thing that helped move me closer to this dream is also the other side of my double-edged sword. What is going to happen if I ever do publish a book? Do I keep blogging? Do I retire and allow someone else to take my place? Do I fear “playback” from other authors? Do I lose my friends? Do I allow my blogging friends review my books?
There are a lot of questions that pop up, and I do have some ideas about the future, if it ever comes to fruit.
First, I have stopped reading books in my sub-genre that I am writing about. This might seem a bit harsh, but I do not want to fall victim to claims of plagiarism. I haven’t even watched any new TV shows centered around my material. One acclaimed show is on my dodge list until I am complete with my writing. I still turn to original material sources, but as for contemporary novels, they have to go on the waiting list for a (long) while.
I have seen authors blog and write, but I see that it is not on the same level of hobby blogs. Everything that is said is weighed and measured before it is published. I think I would stop writing reviews and stick to rating, or keep a record for myself. Things become sticky when you’re a new player on the field. I would no longer simply call myself a hobby blogger. Personally, for me, I would have a conflict of interest. I don’t fear the retribution. I’ve avoided books based on authors. If I publish, and other authors want to boycott me because of a past review, then they are well within their rights, and I would not change their minds or pressure them to read it. They are entitled to boycott me, and choose what they want to read. I have no qualms with this. What I do not want to happen is an author turn it into a fan war and villainize my rights as a reader. I don’t see this as a big issue, but I have made enemies. It is what it is.
I have considered never connecting my publishing name with my reviewer name. I have decided to go under a pen name due to personal reasons. It wouldn’t take Sherlock to connect my names, but it isn’t blaring. The downside is that I do not want any of my blogging friends to feel that I have duped them or that I am playing the field. If I do decide to connect my names together, I trust these people to be honest with their reviews and their opinions. These are the same bloggers who helped me become comfortable with my own reading opinions. So skewed reviews is not something I fear will happen.
In the end, this is an issue I’d tackle if and when it ever happens. I’m still unsure about the details, but, in the end, I’d consult many people I trust on the matter when that call comes in.
What are your thoughts? How would your own blog life change if you publish your own book? Would you tell your blogging friends?