Hello! I've spent about two years writing/rewriting a YA fantasy novel (2.5th draft at the moment..), and several years more getting the characters, setting and plot points straightened out. I'm really, really dedicated to this story...but I'm afraid to put it into the publishing world. I'm currently a sophomore in college set to major in engineering, which keeps me very busy. I know the publishing process requires a lot of attention too, though...at least that's what it seems like from what I've read. And I know this is a long shot, but it's another one of my concerns--if my first book is good enough to accept a sequel (the story's intended to be a trilogy, but the first can stand alone if necessary), I'm afraid that I won't have enough time to give it the attention it deserves--my next years of college are going to be DEATH according to my upperclassmen buds. How would I manage school while also managing all this? Should I wait until I graduate (2016)? Is publishing a "Drop everything you're doing and do this" deal? I'm pretty new to this as you can tell. So I guess my main question is--help? Any experienced published authors know how involved you have to be in publishing? Did you do it in between schoolwork/a job?--any tips for a young and naive college student? Thanks. Any feedback is appreciated.