I know many of you are interested in the process, so come along with me and we can laugh together as I navigate the new world of publishing.
My First Step – Making the Decision
It wasn’t easy. A part of me, a large part of me, clung to the dream of being recognized by a Traditional Publisher, having them say, “Yes, this is a story worth publishing.” Feeling a life-shattering moment of joy and cracking a bottle of champagne. These perfect people would assign me a series of editors who would make my stories shine and a cover designer to die for. <insert sound of needle scratching on vinyl record> I wanted it bad, real bad, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
I’ve been writing full time for three years and I’ve collected what I consider to be an impressive list of contest awards and a sizable pile of rejections from editors and agents. I saw my options as:
- Keep writing and submitting to contests (which are judged by agents and editors – this is the traditional path to publication which can take up to 15 years)
- Submit to a small publishing house (but some of them are struggling financially and I hear lots of complaints about authors not getting the editing and exposure people want)
- Go Indie
Going to the 2014 RWA Nationals in San Antonio flipped my switch. The publishing industry has changed and is changing dramatically (details in this post). So I asked myself this question: What can Traditional publishers give me that I can’t give myself? My answer: placement in bookstores. Placement meaning that my book would be placed in a prominent place on the shelves. “But, wait a minute. Hold your donkeys,” said a small voice in my head. “The bookstores are closing all over the country.”
Then I asked myself a second question: What do I really want? My answer: readers.
So, long story short, I decided to go Indie. I’m not saying it’s the only way to go. I’m not going to turn into a crazed evangelistic indie person who thinks there is no other way or who spams you on every SM platform, “Buy me…buy me…buy me…have you thought about buying me…” I’m just saying, I think it’s the right path for me right now.
Stay tuned. I’ll let you know how I’m doing.
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