When I started blogging two years back, I realized that writers all over the world have written plenty of books before they get lucky. There are very few writers who strike it lucky with the first book they write. I am wondering whether we can call all our unpublished books our practice books. Afterall, we do need to practice our writing, hone our craft and skills on something before we unleash our stories to the world.
And last September when I started querying, I read on many agents’ websites that they wanted to know what else the writer has written. No agent wants a writer who may just write one book and then do the disappearing act. Agents have reiterated time and again that they are investing in a writer’s career and not just one book.
Even for writers it’s advantageous to keep writing different stories and trying various themes to see what they are good at. And then there is always the advantage that we can always return to our previously unpublished work and rewrite it with our newly acquired skills and submit it after we feel it’s in a polished state.
What do you all feel about writers writing more than one book before they are ready for publishing? What is your personal take on this? Do you think the earlier books can be categorized as practice books? How many books did you write before you were ready for publishing? I would love to know all your opinions about this.
The winner of Samuel Park's book This Burns my Heart is Kristen Wixted. I will get in touch with you regarding the prize.