Dear Miss Snark,
I was wondering if it can ever be harmful to an aspiring author to have been previously published? For instance if your first book was published but did not do well, would that make things tougher for you the second time around
than if you were starting from zero?
I am currenly finishing up my first novel (finishing the third "final" revision) and I will shortly begin the query process. However I feel that I am still growing as a writer and that my work will get better with more time and practice. I was wondering if any harm could come from trying to publish book one or if there might be a good reason to just shelve it and wait for
well, knowing you're going to die, why invest any effort in living?
You have to start somewhere.
Yes, it can be a tough sell with book two if book one tanks.
None of that is your problem right now.
Finish the book.
Send it out.
Make lots of mistakes.
Learn from mistakes.
Repeat as necessary.