Great post by Anne R. Allen about common mistakes, misconceptions with writing that first book.
I like how she specifically address the problematic examples she gives and offers some solutions to the quandary of that first book.
I disagree, however, that you shouldn’t try and pitch that first book. Why not pitch it? You learn a lot by doing this. But… at the same time, work on that second book for sure, and the third. Build that viewership via a blog or some other social media presence. Join writer’s groups, critique groups. Go to writing conferences… Go ahead and self-publish, if you want. If the agent you eventually find doesn’t want your first book, then maybe they’ll want the second or third one.
Publishing is a business so you need to learn the business. And connecting with other writers can help in so many ways.
Novelists and memoirists have a lot in common, including the mistakes they tend to make. Don’t make this one when you’re starting out.