June 14, 2013

Self publishing vs. Traditional publishing

I finished my second round of edits for my newest novel. Now I have an overwhelming nagging I must do something with it. I've been through this process before (remember the memoir that died a slow death?) and I'm at a crossroads. I don't do well with rejection, which sucks when you have an inherent desire to express yourself.

Whenever I'm confused about the jumbled thoughts swishing around in my head like a spin cycle, I write it out. In this instance, I wrote out two possible plans of attack based on my research of what writers do at this phase. 

Door #1: Traditional Route
- hire a professional editor
- write a kick-ass query letter that will knock off the knickers of some young intern who has been relegated to weeding through an endless sea of horrible pitch letters
- send out the query letters to agents
- wait
- eat lots of cake
- start collecting rejection emails
- OR -
- get overly happy when a request for full manuscript arrives only to . . .
- receive more rejections
- cry and complain in AA meetings
- slip into another dark depression

 Door #2: Self-publish
- hire a professional editor
- hire a designer for the cover
- hire a company to layout the pages
- set up an amazon page
- start an extensive marketing campaign to sell my book (beyond friends/family)
- wait
- eat lots of cake
- check sales every five minutes
- watch one or two sales trickle in
- cry and complain in AA meetings
- slip into another dark depression

But wait, what about Door #3?

What's Door #3, you ask.

Usually Door #3 has some possibility I couldn't fathom because my finite mind is too restricted. 

I'm thinking the best move at this moment is to sit back and wait for the answer to come. To ask God to "make it obvious." I'm hoping for an email with some very specific instructions on next steps. Or perhaps a flashing billboard sign. Maybe smoke signals?

And if I'm supposed to do nothing, other than be content with a novel Peter, Winnie and I love, that will be okay. 

Keep writing. It saves lives.