Hello. Welcome to my blog post. And Happy New Year to you all. Hmmm, since it's the 12th of January, is it too late to say Happy New Year? What's the cut off? What's the proper Happy New Year etiquette?
Anyway, grab a chair, a cup of coffee or tea, and take a load off.
Today I would like to talk about my decision to self publish. Are some of you thinking I'm making a mistake? I'm sure there are a few of you who do. That's okay. I do understand. As much as self publishing has changed and come a long way, it still has a certain stigma attached, but that is changing. Some of the best books I've read this past year were from indie authors.
Back in October, I polished my query and my synopsis, and did another once over on my manuscript before I sent them out to the e-publishers on my list. The expected wait time was 12--14 weeks. After much debate with myself late last summer, I had decided to forgo querying agents. Not that I doubt my story, but because I realized the publishing world has changed so much my chances of getting an agent were pretty slim. I didn't care for my odds. And since I'm a new writer who hasn't proven myself yet, I sort of reasoned that I wouldn't get chosen. Also, my story likes to stray outside of the box now and then.
So like I said, I decided e-publishers were for me. But in the back of my mind, self publishing kept coming up. I turned from that idea, but the thought never went away. My critter partners convinced me that I should at least try to query e-publishers before I go the self pub route. Their arguments as for why I should seek publication through a publisher were very convincing.
I took their advice and sent out queries. I received one rejection, and to date, I still haven't heard back from the others--and it is over the 14 week mark.
Again the desire to self publish rose to the surface. It never did go away. I simply put the thought on the back burner. I sat down and had a serious talk with myself--yes, I talk to myself, LOL.
I weighed the pros and cons. And there were a lot of cons for self publishing, but I'll only list a few here.
The bad and the ugly:
A) Editing. Hiring an editor is expensive.
B) Cover. I have no clue how to make a cover--a good one--so hiring a cover designer is another expense.
C) Promoting. All promoting will be up to me--and I'm not much of a promoter. I self pubbed a short story--Zomboro Virus--back in September. The only promoting I did was post on facebook, twitter and I wrote one shameless self promotion blog post. That's it. The sales weren't huge, but I'm good with that. I know since I dropped the ball on getting the story out there in the public's face, it was my fault. That taught me just how important promoting is.
D) I have only myself to rely on--and that scares me. I know how lazy I can be.
E) Formatting. Can you say, pain in the arse?
A) Book pricing. I can price my book myself. What I mean is, since I'm essentially an unheard of author, I can price my book at a fair and low enough price to maybe entice readers to take a chance on me and my story.
B) Money. The money I make is mine. Since I'm the author and publisher, I take most of it.
C) Cover control. I work with the designer, making sure the cover is what I want.
D) I have final say on everything.
As the weeks flew by and Christmas drew closer, I was still undecided in which direction I wanted to go. I read up on everything I could find on self publishing. And man, there is a lot of great info out there for those interested in becoming an indie author. Most of what I read was what a writer should do in order to be successful when self publishing. And there is a lot we can do to help our story become a success. Question is, do I have what it takes?
Yes, I do have what it takes. I'm going to give this my all--my story deserves it.
So, to sum up this post, I have decided to go the self-pub route. Love's Prophecy is due to be released on February 1st.
Next month, I'll talk about my experience with self publishing.
Happy writing everyone--and please, wish me luck. I'm going to need it, LOL.