Agent/Publisher Search

Small Press Search

I’ve officially decided to go the self-publishing route. This week anyway. Hubby and I had a nice chat about it yesterday and he said I should do what I wanted. So I’ve been looking for small press/independent publishers. I made a list of 54 that I found on  Poets&Writers, and then I narrowed it down to 10. 

Is that a good starting point? I feel like I’m being too picky about this. But shouldn’t I be? I mean, it’s my pretend name that is being represented. For example, if the website seemed too snooty, I moved on. Also, if I found a typo (I wasn’t even trying, I promise). I disregarded the company. Should I have said something to them? Those were basically my only two requirements after finishing out that they had no reading fee and were open to unsolicited queries. 

Anyway, I should get back to the search and start writing out these queries. I just wanted to check in with you guys and let you know what was going on. Do you have any other resources that I should look into?

Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

I’m Torn

I was all set to go the self-publishing route for my novel, and then my husband started reading/editing it and he said that I should try and resubmit it to agents and go the traditional publishing route. My husband keeps telling me that it’s good enough to try and find an agent, and that it is 110% better than it was two years ago, and I trust his judgement, but at the same time, he’s biased. He told me earlier, that he would have told me if it was garbage, but I really don’t think he would. I don’t think he could even if he wanted to.

There are pros and cons to each option, so I’m using you guys and my way of laying out what those would be. Let me know if you think of/know anything that I’m forgetting. Also, if my understanding of how these things work is wrong, please let me know.

Self-Publishing Pros:

  1. I can publish what I want when I want to.
  2. I’m in complete control over how I want my book to look.
  3. I can use the people I want to, to make my cover, edit, and help with layouts.
  4. A lot of people have made the switch to e-readers, so I would have that market.

Self-Publishing Cons:

  1. I have to do all the marketing/self-promotion myself.
  2. The cost to print a book is ridiculous.
  3. I have to pay those people out of my own pocket to make my cover, edit, and help with layouts.
  4. It would be harder (but not impossible?) to get my book in stores.

Traditional Publishing Pros:

  1. My agent will do all the marketing for me.
  2. It would be easier to get my book out in stores.
  3. It will be easier to keep my identity a secret (I feel like Super-Man).
  4. They could probably better identify what my genre is. (I’m leaning toward, clean romance, fantasy, and new adult).

Traditional Publishing Cons:

  1. Query letters suck.
  2. Rejection.
  3. They will perhaps make changes to my book that I disagree with/don’t want to do.
  4. I would have to play by their rules, instead of making up my own, in regards to genre classification, deadlines, author events(?)

What would you do if you were in my shoes? Would you try and submit it to an agent, or would you just self-publish anyway? I really could go either way.

 

Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

Exciting News!

Journal Colorful Blogger Photo Confetti Pink
Unfortunately, I don’t have confetti at home, so I borrowed this picture from Google Reuse.

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

I finished my novel on Tuesday! For good. I’m not looking at it again. EVER! (That’s a lie, I’ll probably have a few comma splices and/or misspelled words that will need to be corrected). I just sent it to my cover artist, and I have it printed to give to my editor (my mother-in-law). I should probably make sure she’s ok with me referring to her as that. I have a tentative date set, but the minute I tell everyone what it is, everything will wind up falling apart. When it gets closer to the day I will announce it, somehow. I’m trying to maintain complete anonymity and I haven’t worked out how to share it without divulging who I really am. (Any suggestions would be great).

So now the hard work begins. I’m looking for an independent publisher, so I can get a few paperbacks of said novel. Everything I’ve been finding online wants me to give them my phone number and email address. I have no problem giving out my email, however, I don’t want to give out my number. I don’t like to answer the phone for people I know, much less complete strangers. I think it’s an introvert thing. Anyway. Is there a way to get around giving out my number? Should I even find a publishing company to print or should I talk to a few printing places ( I can’t think of the actual word I want to use because words are hard).

There are two reasons that I want to have a paperback version. 1. I want my own copy to display on my bookcase, because, who doesn’t want to display their own novel? 2. I owe books to everyone who helped me out in this process, and a few of those people prefer a non-ebook version.

 

 

Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

Writer’s Workshop

A couple days ago I was wasting time on Facebook when I saw a post about an event near me on publishing. So I sent my husband a text asking if he wanted to go and he agreed, so this morning we went. And I learned a lot! I took two pages worth of notes in a relaxed environment, and we just barely scratched The surface. The woman hosting it provided material that I hadn’t even considered. 

My favorite piece of advice was “Every author is afraid.”  Initially it sounds disheartening, but after thinking about it for awhile it became more reassuring. I’m not the only one going through the self-doubt phase (again). And everything will be ok and work out.

Another helpful idea she said was to go to a bookstore and look at the books. Look at what size they are and see which one you like the best. Also look at things like font, chapter headings, page numbers, and other little things that one doesn’t typically think about looking at.  That way you have an idea for how you want your own book to look.

The final thing that I’ll mention is she said you (as the author) are the best person to sell your book. You wrote it so you know what it’s about and who to target it towards.

I lied, this is for real the last thing. Fall in love with the writing process. Part of that process is the self-doubt and rejection, but so is finally getting to say I am a writer.