I just got the news from Amazon that my book is now for sale. It’s been a long road getting to this point. I hadn’t intended my first book to be a self-published one. Perhaps a bit of that was concern about the complexity of the publishing process, perhaps it was due to certain views I held–and still hold–about self-publishing. But I feel like I’ve put the effort into this book to make it stand out, whether that be the nice cover, or the hours I spent tweaking and formatting.
I definitely feel like this experience has changed me. I’ve even updated my Facebook Page to look like a more established author’s page! I feel like an author now, for sure. I am not so intimidated by the publishing process. So little anxiety do I have that I might have shot down the first positive reaction to my first manuscript, In the Valley of Magic, the book that started this whole thing, the book that 50-plus agents have passed on so far. I didn’t feel good about the contract and asked for some pretty significant changes. My demands are so severe, I am almost certain the publisher is going to deny them.
But that doesn’t scare me anymore. I know now, that if I need to, I can publish the book myself. I know how it’s done. I know where to get a good cover, and what it should look like. I know how to format the manuscript for ebooks and print. I know that, this being my primary book (and my pride and joy) that I will need pay the extra money to get on IngramSpark rather than just going through Amazon, like I did with the Iric book.
If I have to go it alone, I know I can, and that is an incredibly empowering feeling.
But I am not alone. I have worked with many great indie publishers–such as Fiction Vortex, Fantasia Divinity, Bards and Sages, Roane Publishing–that have shown real concern for my success. I am sure they would be more than willing to offer me advice.
All in all, I’m feeling pretty good. Got my first book out and two more on the way. This thing is starting to happen!
Thanks for joining me on this journey. I wish you all the same success that I have found. And if you ever have any questions or are in need of advice, don’t hesitate to look me up!
So one of my stories was just accepted for publication in Roane Publishing’s Flash Fiction Fridays. This was a story that I really liked, but I struggled to find a home for it. The story is a very broody tragedy, not my typical heroic stuff.
(Tangent: Is there a story of mine I don’t like? I always have good feelings about things I wrote, even when they are clearly not the best piece of writing, even the horrible stuff I wrote as an elementary student. Maybe it’s because they are mine and are part of me? I don’t really understand folks who hate something they wrote enough they are willing to just trash it.)
Anyways, the publisher has offered to provide a link to one commercial work, i.e. something I am currently selling. The problem is, I don’t have one! So, I need to get something out by December 1st, if I want it linked and promoted.
As you may know, I have been planning to publish the “Adventures of Iric” collection as my first Amazon ebook, though I was not rushing the project. Seems now it would be beneficial for me to have that done before this story goes live. Just like that, my priorities have shifted again. I need to get a cover made, need to withdraw any pending submissions, confirm all rights have been restored for anything that was previously published, edit the manuscript, and reformat to fit Amazon’s requirements. That’s a bit of work to do in the next month or so.
But maybe that’s not a bad thing.
Things seem to be picking up for me. I had another story published today, this time by Eternal Remedy. This story was originally posted on my blog under the title The Adventures of Iric, Vol. 7. A unique title was added during the submission process. The story is now called “Memories of the South.”
The stuff Etre publish is a bit more introspective and moody than what I usually write, so I am very happy I found something to their liking. This is new thematic territory for me, but the group is looking to build enduring relationships with their writers, so I will have to think of a good way to blend my fantasy/SF focus with the sort of emotional narratives they want. It will surely be an interesting exercise.
I have to say, I like what Etre are doing with their site. I think theirs is one of the best examples of a minimalist setup done right. They’ve added some imagery to my story, and I think they made some good choices. It reflects the mood of the story but is also in line with the general vibe of the site. And the subtle graphics like the fading thumbnails to text and the jump-out author’s bio are pretty cool.
But that’s enough blabber from me. Go check out my story Memories of the South, and when you’re done, take a look at the other stuff on the site.