Shut my mouth!
I should have stayed asleep. For most of us from Portland Oregon, through Chicago, and all the way to the east coast, we wanted a white Christmas, and by golly, we got one! Anywhere from ten to thirty inches and possibly more of the white stuff.
Be careful what you wish for.
It’s no different for writers. We often want something so much we do our best to make it happen even when the timing might not be right.
“I’ve worked on this story for ten years. If no one else wants it, then maybe I should self-publish.” Now, there are plenty of great writers who’ve self-published, but maybe they were ready. Maybe the story was ready. Too many authors see self-publishing as a last resort when no publishers want it. And if publishers don’t want it?
The question to ask yourself is: why didn’t they?
If they turned it down because of fluctuations in the market, you will probably hear that in the long run. Sooner or later you’ll hear that they loved the writing, but didn’t have room for it at this time. But if they turned it down because it wasn’t ready, then why should you jump into self-publishing a book that simply is NOT ready for publication?
You’re dreaming of a white Christmas, and you’re dreaming of a book release.
Be sure and be careful what you wish for.