My editor recently told me that publishers don’t like the “s” in “towards,” “backwards,” or “forwards.” Add this to the ever-increasing list of things I didn’t know about writing. So I thought the title of this post was kind of apropos.
It’s come to my attention that the first few posts here sent somewhat of an ambiguous message so I want to set the record straight.
I’m a total novice at this writing gig. I’ve got no background to speak of, but I’m chuck-full of ideas. I decided to try my hand at romance since I’m a sucker for drama, spicy hot shower scenes and HEA. Three rewrites later, it’s 97% done. I guess the third time really is a charm.
So I’ve got a big decision to make. How do I get my story out to the masses? Do I self-publish and become an indie author? Or shall I try my luck (again) and go the traditional publishing route?
I love the idea of being an indie author. As a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, the whole model just suits me. Also, I’m a little Type A so the idea of being the master of my own destiny is rather appealing.
But other factors come into play. Do I have the bandwidth to take care of my family as well as juggle all the elements of my day job, my household AND a budding career as a romance novelist? Maybe I should seek a partnership with a smaller press where I can have a voice at the table and leverage their expertise. That may just be the ideal scenario for me.
The truth is, I don’t have the answer. Hence the reason for my first set of posts. I spend a lot of time opining on all of the alternatives and sometimes a glass of wine gives me some short-term clarity (any more than a glass and it’s back to square one).
What I’ve learned is that you need to have a solid platform, regardless of the chosen publishing method. The bigger the following, the more lucrative the prospect. I’ve been doing a lot of research to figure out how to create my author brand and I wanted to share my findings, not to be confused with my anticipated successes.
So any time I come across information that I consider helpful, I’m going to share it here. I’m not even close to being an “expert”; I’d settle for “somewhat informed” at this point.
And so, my journey continues.