You know, I'd been pretty set on going the traditional route because it's just always been my dream (and I'm slow to change--haven't even got a Facebook page) and then I heard that argument, the one you make: life is too short to waste on waiting for other people to accept your vision, to ordain it. It's our writing and we should be able to make it available without interference. Now we have the ability to make it available to the masses...and I'm thinking, of course. Why the hell not?
I always intended to go the traditional route, too, but when querying (and subsequent rejection) began taking up more time than writing, I realized that I needed to examine my goals. Did I need the validation of an agent and/or editor? Well, it would be nice, but I don't necessarily need it. If my goal is making sure my work is read, indie publishing is the way to go. It's within my reach and allows me to maintain creative and financial control. There are drawbacks of course, but those exist with any choice. I'm having fun with the promotion and publicity, too!!
When I'm at that point (or whenever you have the time) I'd love to hear about your experience promoting--I'm unclear on how that all works or how it is different when you self-publish.
Social media is huge. . .and I'm learning that any nice thing I did for other writers along the way (just because we were all in it together) is paying in spades, as they are so graciously giving me guest post spots, interviews, blog hops and cyber tours. I am very, very blessed in that way as what they are doing for me is far beyond anything I did for them. The point is to interact as much as possible on as many sites as possible. It can feel like a full time job.
I can go into much more detail (it's an ongoing learning process!), but I don't want to be overwhelming. . let me know if you want to hear specifics. (Or email me offlist : ) )
A great idea!
Sounds really interesting, Susan. Love how you came up with the idea.
@Susan and all new members, Welcome! I'm new since last October. I love reading what everyone is working on, their ideas, characters, plots, plot changes, and al that stuff. Everyone here is inspiration for me
Looking forward to reading more about your story as it goes along. What's the title going to be?
Hello, everyone. My novel is set in a village in Litchfield County, Connecticut in 1852. My main character, Flo, marries a man from one of the old families and the wedding night did not go well. The book opens several months later. Flo is working through the complexities of sex, of in-law relationships, of fitting into a new community, and of discovering an authentic self. Right now I am wondering how women with those voluminous skirts managed to get through the snow. Yes, of course, they walked -- but what did it feel like to have masses of fabric and petticoats getting all wet and bedraggled because of the snow? How much did they want to see each other? How far would they walk?
@Nancy I read that all that material, whale bones, and all made the women sink like stones during shipwrecks. I especially don't know how they lived out here in Arizona with all of that and long sleeves.
I have this maddening highly technical, military, adventure, thriller middle east,Jewish Arab princess, who was taken mysteriously from a car wreck when3 yrs old where her parents died, by a Arab king who stopped to help and fell in love with the child so he takes her back to his country, gets fake (authentic) documentation for her birth, raises her as his own, makes her a princess and it turns out she's a super brainiac and creates a endless energy supply that she goes around the world to suffering countries and developes communities, before that she goes to college by the time she's nine has bookoo master degrees by the age of 17, disappears from the world stage to work charity for the needed in the world leaving all behind to go to third world countries to improve them and makes very highly placed dangerous enemies, then runs into a U.S Army Special Forces very elite secret group and has a tumultuous relationship with the leader of the men, has a accident, loses her memory, winds up married to the guy, then finds out the man she married married her because the U.S. Govt wanted her, then they discover who she really is, but by that time she has taken off to foriegn countries to help them again and find out she's pregnant, then he shows up in search of her sees she's pregnant and the love/struggle begins again. Wooooo, inhale deeply, let out breath, and dares everyone to come up with a sentence longer than the one I just wrote! :))
A week ago today I got the news I'd been waiting a long time to hear. Mixed Messages, the first novel in my Malone Mystery Series, will be published in April. Needless to say, it's been a busy week! Choosing a cover, writing the blurb and bio and proofreading my novel (once again) is taking a lot of time but, trust me, I'm not complaining.
I am eager though to get back to editing Unfinished Business, the second novel for my series, and then going on to write the third. After all, that's what I love - to write!
@Patricia, Congratulations! How exciting!