On publishing. There are so many…go with the ever-changing trad pubs as they run to play catch up or the ever evolving world of self pubbing, eBooks for nook lovers, kindles and several other gadgets to pop open a read ready novel at a reasonable price. Over the past few months I’ve been leaning more and more toward self-publishing, learning, honing all I can along the way for this process. It is scary on many levels from being picky on cover art, editing, is it edited enough?.. Sacrebleu! some of you might say never enough editing on a novel…I say stop when you feel its right. But that is another post in itself.
So much to worry about and the novel isn’t even posted yet for sale. But my fears, decisions will be overcome and the 1st book in the Northern Knights series will be coming soon. Did anyone hear that fist hit my gut on that one? lol I’ve mixed emotions about doing it, though.
Publishing has changed and continues to do so on a daily basis. I was surfing some agent sites, no names mentioned to protect the innocent only wanting to keep their job like the rest of us–are changing too. Well, they have been…
As a reader I’ve seen backlists brought forth from some of my fav agented authors to eBooks over the past 2 years and/or doing a few titles on their own. The dream of having an agent, this I still have. But will I need one? Who knows with how fast things are changing.
On one agent’s site, they offer to represent their self-pub clients @ a certain %, albeit the Author still has to do majority of the work, but will have some semblance of direction. Hmmm???? Traditional publishing has changed so much, so many aspiring writers, tired of the mountainous rejections have branched out into the Kindle world. Some with great success, some floundering. But is this not the same expectation one would get whether agented or with a big house?
Yes. Imo, because not only does number of copies sold matter, the economy has hit us hard and hell we all want things on the cheap. Hell I was complaining when the paperbacks shot up to $7.99.
With bookstores and libraries closing left and right, the literary monster has arrived and it makes me nervous. I still like the feel of a good old book in my hand and when I look at my bookshelf, a knife twists in my heart at how overflowing it is with paperback fiction to hardcover texts vs. holding the kindle in my hand. It’s so different and I admit leaves me a bit torn. But I digress. Just wanted to vent a little after seeing how agents, although rejecting aspiring writers like crazy, have opened up to accepting the changes in the publishing world and still want to be paid while the Author still has to do what they would have to without one.
One must make sure they read every little thing about self-publishing do’s, don’ts. Trust me there are enough sites filled to the rim with options on it. As with anything else, take from the articles what you need. What works for one writer might not work for another.