You know over the past few years of me being a writer, I've met a lot of cool people from taking my first writing class in high school to going to school for Publishing. I've stayed friends with some of those people and others I have drifted apart from. Which is fine. And over the years I have learned that writing is a process and you keep evolving with it. These past couple of years while I've been writing, I've had great editors and cover artists and editors who well...aren't all that great, but I'm sure that everyone has had that. I've been through 2 pubs that have gone out of business and transferred those books to other pubs.
At the moment, I have contracts with 7 pubs. Some of whom I will never sub anything to them again because I've had bad experiences with them, but you live and you learn. I've also seen my writing style change over the years with the help of some awesome editors. Know I know that not every author is going to appreciate the hard work that the editor does, but I get it. That said, that doesn't mean that I agree with or like all the changes the editor does, but of course taking a step back I do see where I have faults. (Damn I'm not perfect LOL)
Anyway...In the past two months I've barely written anything because I've been mired in edits. I have 5 books I have to edit, I'm in between 3 and 4 at the moment and working on them when I have time and I think 2 will be coming back to me soon for 2nd edits. Now in a sense this is a good problem because it means that I'll get them out of the way and will be able to have product coming out. On the other hand, I need more time in the day and not a full time job.
Another thing that gets me, and I get it, I really do. Is that I've been asked to writer shorter stuff only because its better for business. I write epic stuff not because I love to see work count because oh god I have to edit the damn thing when I'm done. I just write long stuff. That is the way my brain works etc. I've written shorter things, but to me they are crap. So I guess I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. Can't please everyone and god forbid if I try to write short it only ends up being a massive novel. ARgh. Condense, condense is what I've been asked to do If only it were that easy. That doesn't mean I'm not going to try, but (sigh) if only my brain worked that way on a better level. Who knows... I'm playing around with something to see if it might work...maybe.
Now I just need time to write. Oh well... back to editing.