Alas, that is not the path I have chosen. Yes, I said it, CHOSEN. Because I continue to submit my manuscripts to e-publishers and in order for you to understand why, I have to tell you a story.
I have a friend, a really terrific writer, and we had been going down the same I-hope-I-get-published highway. She went a different route than me. I chose to submit directly to the publishers I liked and found online. I WILL admit I was rejected by agents, some who wrote me some terrific rejection letters with great advice, MOST of which I took. Two I will name here because they are awesome: I respect and am indebted to Louise Fury and Bree Ogden. One I met and one I didn't, but both offered the kind of advice and encouragement a debut author can only dream of receiving. But I digress.
My friend did get an agent, and they did get a publishing deal and when she told me I was thrilled for her. In that same time period my publisher released my novel with a killer cover in digital format everywhere. Then I submitted another manuscript to them and received a contract with them for another novel to release in two months time, and I submitted and received a contract for a novel with another publisher, to be released in another two months time as well. That meant I would be releasing 3 novels in 5 months. When I asked my friend when hers would be coming out, she said summer of 2013.
Summer of 2013? I couldn't help thinking all kinds of macabre thoughts. What happened if she died? What happened if they went bankrupt? And my first thought? Why did it take so long?
I would still love to be at book signing and it would be cool to see my book on shelves at Target or something, but how hard would it be to wait that long? At the rate that I write, could a traditional publisher even keep up with me? Anyway, as promised here are the reasons I choose to publish with
- My children will not be in college before my manuscripts publish
- There is great satisfaction in this process flow only taking two months: Finish-cover art-edit-publish
- I don't get sick of my own work waiting for the publishing process
- E-publishing does not add to the carbon footprint
- The ability to publish frequently keeps your name out there and your fans interested
No matter what you decide or where you are published, there is only one thing anyone can call you when you publish your work.........Author. Welcome to the club!