Those of you who have been reading my blog the past few months know I've been doing numerous road trips with my daughter on college visits. We spend Monday and Tuesday in Boston, visiting Boston University. Great school and one of my daughter's top choices if we can work out the money. But this post isn't about colleges.
Driving the six and a half hours to our appointment, we ploughed and floated our way through driving rain and stop and go traffic. I found the interstates from eastern New York State to Boston to be pretty much a road through one big metropolis. Cities just kind of overlapped. It was some tense driving in the early morning hours. Then we get to Boston and, well, doesn't that city believe in street signs. I'm not sure if they were missing or just not there. Thank goodness for the borrowed GPS or we would never have found the admissions office. And parking? I don't really care for cities. Traffic. Noise. So many people! On the up side, lots of Starbucks and other coffee bars.
Then the drive home after a good night's sleep in a great hotel. Doesn't any one work during the day? I swear the entire population of Connecticut and Massachusetts was on the road with us. Stop and go. Frustrating. Then we stopped for gas and asked the GPS to take us home from the gas station. It took us over the scenic mountains and through small towns with strange names. We saw numerous lakes in New York, farms and crossed a really cool bridge over the Hudson. Eventually we returned to an interstate but our moods stayed high after our wonderful trek off the beaten path.
I couldn't help but thing of the many different paths writers take toward publication. Some authors land contracts with big traditional publishers and suffer all the highs and lows of that. Some find homes for their work with smaller publishers and though they may not make the big money with an advance, they have a chance at decent royalties and may enjoy a more intimate relationship with their publisher. And more and more authors are taking the third path and publishing their books themselves. Success for them varies from amazing to not so great.
But the journey to publication is part of the adventure. Hopefully you're traveling a path that isn't as stressful and frustrating as the interstate I was driving on yesterday. My route over the Bear Mountain Expressway provided me with many sights and memories I'll hang onto for a while. It was relaxing while still getting me where I needed to go. Sometimes deadlines, promotional responsibilities and the need to constantly network can leach away the joy of writing. Find the right path and have a fun trip on your way to publication.
Are you happy with the path you're taking in your writing career? Have you ever taken a turn you wish you hadn't or that turned out to be exactly correct?