Wading in Publishing Waters
2013 is the year I’ve decided to begin my novel-publishing journey in earnest.
That doesn’t mean it will be published this year, of course. It does however mean that I will this year begin to research what my goals are and what options I have to obtain them. I’ve thought about that before in broad terms, but it’s time to dive deep into the subject.
That means researching agents, small presses, and self-publishing options. It means trying to figure out if I have any marketing skills at all, and using those skills in ways that others do not. (Since I simply cannot replicate what others do.) Time to start pricing things, and figuring out where the money for said things will come from.
I fully anticipated that this process, as with virtually every other process I have undertaken in my life, will not unfold as it does for most people. It will not unfold according to the best of advice from people who have done it before. My thought patterns are much too different. My personality far too removed from that of most writers. Yet it is time to begin.
I’ve not made a decision this early on as to whether I want to self-publish or attempt the traditional route, though I admit self-publishing seems to be more likely to accommodate those like myself who do not wish to conform. (And I rarely conform.) And, after years of reading articles and blogs about it, the agent-seeking process does, at the moment, seem to have far more negatives than positives. I admit to needing more information, but, that’s what this process of research and discovery is all about.
I’ll be posting what I learn, questions I come up with, and difficulties I encounter throughout the year. I welcome your input and opinion into this process as I sort out what’s what.