Yup, it's out. People know what I'm up to. My book is no longer my dirty little secret.
When I first started writing I decided to keep it to myself and a select few family members. That was then, this is now. It seems I slipped first, with a couple of other family members I hadn't intended on telling until I was sure I was going somewhere with this venture. It happened and now it's out of the bag. My slipping up so much allowed my hubby to slip up. Now everyone seems to know what's going on. Only thing is, they all want to read it. That's where the new problem pops up. They are all readers, but they all read different types of work and are strongly opinionated. I'm not sure I really want all that feedback before I go to the agents. I might end up giving up before I even have an agent read my query if I allow everyone to read it first.
So, what am I to do? Nothing. I figure that if I just continue with what I'm doing and keep telling everyone it's not entirely finished they won't have to be upset that I haven't given it to them to read. Eventually, though, I will probably let them read it, once I've had agent responses, or silence from agents.
So why would I not want to let everyone in on my little writing secret? Well, that's an easy one. Times are hard on us right now. We don't have a lot of money and I do have a degree in education. The problem is that there are not many teaching spots available right now in the region of New Jersey where I live. Don't get me wrong there are other areas where there are teaching positions a plenty, but we would have to move, and that is not going to happen. So, while I'm home with my son and driving my daughter to and from softball functions I am writing.
I wanted, and have, surrounded myself with people who support my writing. That's the way I intended to keep it. Now, I'm learning to talk about it with people who are less enthusiastic about my endeavors. I'm looking at it as a learning experience - How to Handle the Nay Sayers!
Your Turn -> Do you have anyone that you are reluctant to tell about your writing or are you okay with everyone knowing what you are doing? Tell me your story.