For a time and a half I’ve been pouring time and money into pursuing the traditional route. You name it – write, redraft, external edits, betas, proof-reads, etc . . . the whole truckload of things that writers should take seriously before you submit to a literary agent. So far – no such luck in securing a deal or getting sniff of one, however it hasn’t been all bad. Some agents have passed on comments to point me in the right direction of improvements required: Muchos Gracias.
For quite some time I leaned away from self-publishing because I did categorise it as a quick vanity method of getting a novel out there. Sorry – I hope nobody is offended by that. In recent times, with each new novel and the expense that goes into polishing them, not having them out there – being read – reviewed or even torn apart can suck the gutstraps out of a guy.
Believe me – I’m not writing for massive fame or a life-changer, but if I can achieve recognition for the tales told and make some income from it to support further writing ventures, then that’s got to a be a good thing right?
Well… thanks to David Gaugran’s amazing Let’s Get Digital book – a must buy – I am opening myself up to diversifying with both the traditional and the self-pub market. I will – with every new novel – continue to submit to agents (you got to give it a go people) – and then if none get a bite, I will e-publish. In fact, I’ve already timetabled (on the back of a stained envelope) the 3 novels I’d like to release in 2013.
On many occasions I am asked about when my novels will be released and my single reply is “when it happens”. I have to change that to “Soon” and hopefully “Here’s the release date”.
I am no expert in self-pub or e-pub, but DG’s book is now part of my desk.
With time, I’ll be coming back and forth to engage with others to ensure I’m on the right path, and hopefully I’ll keep my blog-readers up to date on lessons gained and pitfalls dodged.
Remember, I’m still going for trad, but I’m not going to miss out on the e-pub supernova.