The last few months have been very hectic. I'm working on a few film/TV projects (all on spec) with various producers and my novel.
I cannot believe it's November. What the heck?
My manager and I decided after much discussion to self-publish my novel.
There has been a great deal of press lately about the massive changes in the publishing world. Nobody knows how things will shake out.
Hundreds of e-books are uploaded everyday. While many people dream of making some serious money, the reality is most e-books don't sell. The reason we hear about the success stories is because they are rare.
It's a lot of work. The writer is responsible for doing all the things a publishing house would normally do, editing, designing the cover, marketing, etc.
So why do it? I am tired of book agents (before reading a single word of my manuscript) telling my manager that it's impossible to sell Womens' Commercial Fiction to publishers, especially if the protagonist is African-American.
I know the agents are right. It IS very difficult to sell commercial fiction to publishers unless you're a reality star or writing about vampires.
We're going to try to sell directly to readers.
This will be a very interesting process. Who knows what will happen? I hope readers connect with the characters in my novel.
The goal is to have the book up later this year.
Have any of you self-published? How was your experience?
The Washington Post had a very interesting ARTICLE on the subject a few months ago.