Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

August 21, 2007

Chicken and the egg

Filed under: writing — Stevie Woods @ 8:33 pm

Musing today on the old adage – and how it relates to writing, publishing, promoting.

I am first, foremost and always a writer but of course the whole point of writing is to be read, so I need a publisher. Finding one is time consuming and naturally takes one away from writing, that is bad enough but expected. What I didn’t expect (naive of me, I accept) was the amount of promoting I would have to do. Things have changed in the publishing world it seems and gone are the days that once you got past the acceptance and editing stage, a writer’s work was done, now it only seems to be the beginning. I guess I shouldn’t grumble though, cause the very leaps in publishing which have caused the change in procedure leaving a chunk of the promotion in the author’s hands, is also what helps a lot of small presses give new authors that chance.

The point of this ramble is that I’ve been trying to get stuck into my new novel for the last two weeks but my mind has been so caught up with the need to push my book, and therefore myself, that I have hardly to time to write more than a few pages.

Frustrating – I need to be able to write to have something to promote! The chicken and the egg………




  1. Yeah, I am trying to write while promoting my recently published novel. That is kinda my point. I really want to get on with writing the book but I have to promote as well – so yeah the chicken and the egg showed up at the same time. And I still don’t know which should come first!!!

    Comment by Stevie Woods — August 21, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

  2. It’s a good thing for all of us writers to rememebr, I think, that we can’t promote, or find an agent for, something which has yet to be written.

    Sounds like you are trying to promost a published book while writing another. I can see how that could be difficult. You want to promote the one that’s done so it’ll sell, and yet you want to finish the one that’s not done so you CAN sell it.

    Maybe the chicken and an egg showed up on the scene at the same time…

    Comment by anastice — August 21, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

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