08-05-2007 11:00 PM - edited 08-05-2007 11:06 PM
To be fair, I never attempted to get it traditionally published based on a lot of hard research and my personal goals and expectations. I just didn’t have the time or energy to “fight” the system, or to waste on reading rejection letters (most of which would have nothing to do with my work but reflect the failings of a bottom line industry currently in therapy).
I am a forty something retired air force officer currently working for the Department of Defense in my “second” career. I like to write and we’ll see where that takes me (or leaves me). Instead of spending my disposable time sending query letters and drinking heavily as I read rejection letters, I spend the time working on my second novel, and marketing my first one. I read all of your posts in the “intro” thread. My post isn’t for everyone, but I hope it helps those of you who are either in a similar situation as mine, thinking of writing a book, or are contemplating dusting off a manuscript on your shelf and getting it to market.
Truth be known, I really did have hopes and aspirations of finding an agent and a publisher. I bought all the right books (Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents, etc.), and read all of the “write” stuff. I also took some writing classes in college, and completed the Writer’s Digest Writing Course online working with a published author. But at the end of the day, I didn’t submit my manuscript or query package to anyone. I will self-publish as an unknown and maybe get lucky and get picked up to traditionally publish my second book (30 percent complete). I like to believe that I am a product of the new publishing world. Traditional publishers just don’t have the time and money to take a chance on an unknown (unless you have a Harry Potter in you or you are the next John Grisham). That said, if you have the talent, the time, and thick skin, I say, GO FOR IT…
Did I settle? Yeah, I guess…but that’s what worked for me and my schedule, and I would do it again. Here’s why: my research identified iUniverse as the leader in the self-publishing industry, and they haven’t let me down. I put in the initial cost ("tuition") for their best publishing package and editorial service (that provided me with some great editing, corrections, suggestions and lessons learned that is paying huge dividends as I write my second book). Then, they started putting some money, time and attention into my book! It was designated their coveted Editor’s and Publisher’s Choice awards resulting in a professionally designed paperback cover (also comes in hardcover with a traditional dust jacket) that meets industry standards, and proofreading. Not only does it come out in a few weeks and will be available at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and thousands more of online sites, but it will be available in my Tucson, Arizona Barnes and Noble STORE (on the New Release table at the front of the store) for at least two months (with an opportunity to go regional or even national depending on sales). Try that with Lulu or other vanity self-publishers—you will get what you pay for! Yes, as a person who never imagined having a book with my name on it available to the general public…I am excited! Most of the marketing is up to me...but I am my best promoter/supporter and already have three book signings, a live radio interview, and two newspaper interviews set up.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to provide some hope, and maybe some direction, to those of you out there “thinking” about publishing. JUST DO IT. My book may end up being a bust, but at least I gave it a shot and will have something to show for it. If that happens, then my next post will start with: Hello, my name is Joe and I’m a recovering self-published author. Good luck to all, and I hope to hear from you to share stories as you enjoy personal success.
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10-11-2007 01:58 AM
Tales of Tara: Gabrielian Chronicles I and Acoustical Poetry. The two books are both on this site btw. I recomend Parapublishing.com's ezine because You will get a lot of tips. Also, forward magazine can help after because you can hit bookfairs. I also recomend oncewritten.com. They are all good for the writers.
Tales of Tara : Gabrielian Chronicles (soon to be released)
01-19-2008 03:17 PM
I feel the same way you do about self publishing. I just had my book, Barracuda, published by BookSurge who is associated with Amazon. My press release just came out and now I must self promote the book. It is currently for sale on Amazon.com, and I see it listed here at B&N, as a new release, but they are not carrying any copies. Question: How do I get the major book stores to place copies of my book on their shelves? As a newbie, any help will be greatly appreciated.
PS good luck with your book(s)