My opening statement of full disclosure, transparency, authenticity, et cetera: I will always be disappointed that i have not achieved traditional publication, the ultimate vetting of the industry. There.
And now, i’ve moved on to self-publishing, with delight and enthusiasm, let me add. A blog post entitled Why You’re Getting Rejections by Rachelle Gardner, agent with Books & Such, continues to encourage me along this road. Rachelle shares her professional wisdom in a most affirming way for serious writers like myself.
Jeff Gerke writes in his instructive book The First 50 Pages, “We’re in a publishing revolution right now, one that is so conducive to downtrodden fiction writers that I like to call it Revenge of the Writers.” The revenge of which he speaks is self-publishing by indie (independent) publishers and authors. I am an indie author, friends and readers!
If you have followed me for long, you know the thoroughness of my writing enterprises. I have:
- put butt to chair, written numerous crappy first drafts, done everything to keep going, including staring into space for an hour sometimes and letting it go for a while–in other words persisted to come out with a 64,000 word novel
- researched several areas to gain authenticity and accuracy
- attended workshops and webinars, read blogs and how-to writing books
- employed professional editors and enlisted well-qualified readers and used the feedback
- revised and revised, eliminating characters, story threads, hundreds of over-used and unnecessary words, and points of view not the first person narrator’s–and then revised more and still revising a bit
- read the manuscript out loud to myself several times
- read lots of fiction (a pleasurable as well as crucial task)
- networked extensively and courteously
- queried and submitted, getting better and better at targeting the right agents and publishers. 48 queries–is that enough? Yes, that’s enough.
- maintained social media, sorta, to the best of my limited ability
- invested financially
Eight years (off and on) of all that = no book deal. Rather, i have the satisfaction of telling my story the best i can and giving traditional publication my best shot. And now i have the exhilaration of being my own CEO, assembling a publication team, and getting ‘er done. We are about to hit the PUBLISH button. Beyond the Gate will soon be available! I’ll keep you posted. Subscriber email update next week: Self-publishing in the Pandemic
And how are you each doing in these COVID-19 times? In my imagination and/or projection, (and for some of you, i know verbatim), you are caught between your blessed safety and the suffering endured by so many–and the weirdness of it all–and the pleasure and sadness of isolation–and… Or maybe you or your beloveds are in dire straits because of the upheaval. Talk to me, my 55 treasured followers, and to each other. Comments, please!