Elephant or Mouse?
This question is lifted from author Sahar Sabati's informative Ask an Author series, which ran from 2015-2016 and included responses and reflections from English-speaking authors from around the globe. Since I'm often asked these questions by readers, I have republished my answers here with Sahar's kind permission.
I am a mouse. No doubt about it. Mostly, I’m too timid to say no, and since I’m an editor as well as a writer, I’m often asked to help out. ‘Could you just have a quick read of this?’ and ‘the submission deadline is tomorrow’, that sort of thing. I don’t always mind – after all, I get to read some great work from some very talented writers before anyone else does – but occasionally it means my own writing suffers. Some days, a thicker hide and tusks would be nice. Okay, so I’m a mouse who aspires to being an elephant: impressive, with a solid base, and my new releases trumpeted to the world…