Mars Dorian asked:
"Hey Ksenia, your advice and blog has always helped me in the best way possible, all things book related. I've worked four months on a novel and finished it two months ago. Proofreaders/editors went over it, so it's ready to get (self) published if it wasn't for my high standard that isn't a 100% satisfied with it anymore. It's still a good novel, but it's not my best. Question. Would you personally publish a piece of work you put a lot of effort in, even if it's not your best work, or do you think it would 'stain' your portfolio of books? But then again, every book makes you a better writer, so maybe I'm paranoid. I'm still wrestling with this decision..."
If you plan to grow as a writer, you shouldn't be afraid to let your earlier work out into the world. Years will go by, and you might cringe at it. But then more years will go by, and you will cringe at what you thought was your best work. And so it will continue. And what is your best work, anyway? What does ""best mean? It's a relative term. You have to compare something to something to see what's better or worse, but you yourself will change over the years, and your opinion will change, there is no help for it.Read More