My writing at home is going really well after a few weeks of dry spells. (Or more accurately, time-crunch spells.) I've reached the tipping point in the burlesque novel, where my exposition and set up is finished and now things are going to start racing towards the exciting conclusion.
But as I write and start to make notes about the revisions I'll want to make for the next draft, I've been thinking more and more about my publishing options.
I'd been starting to lean very heavily towards the idea of self-publishing. It can be very simple, the author stays in control and you're not sharing your profits or being forced to accept miniscule returns.
But it's lonely and isolating. There's no one to spar with creatively.
I have a critique group and they are marvellous with useful advice for my plots and characters. But it's not the same as an editor sitting down with you and going over your entire book and honing it until it's the best possible story you can produce. Someone who calls you on a weak premise, even if it's narratively necessary.
I would really like to have that spur to get my writing to the next level. There's only so much I can do on my own. It's almost impossible to find blindspots by yourself.
Luckily I still have lots of time before I have to worry about the actual publishing side of things. Finishing the actual manuscript has to stay as my focus for now.