Are you a pack rat or a pitch everything type of writer — and in the end, does it really matter?
Whether you are a novelist new to the world of publishing, or a seasoned professional with a long list of titles and accolades, the matter of your archive is one you ought to consider.
An author conserving their own literary legacy isn’t so much about narcissism as it is altruism. Just ask the students, scholars, readers or community members who have spent time sifting through an archive in search of a deeper understanding of the internal and external landscape of an author’s world, or of how the writer moved from one thought to the other, or even of a spark of inspiration for their own work.
Whether you are pitching everything after reaching a writing deadline, or are a pack rat who can’t part with a thing, you might want to consider the matter of your archive — now, today — rather than leave it to the future or to others who don’t know your works as you do. Doubtless you’ve spent time, talent and treasure on your craft. Consider what you want left behind once you are gone from this world.