I've always felt deep down that my dream is to secure a traditional publishing deal. This means waiting months/years for an agent to pick my book, waiting for said agent to submit my book to a publisher, and then anticipating the day that the publisher chooses to release that book.
But as I wait and write more stories, I can't help but listen to that little voice whispering, “Get your book out in front of readers now.” Meaning indie publishing. The one thing that's stopping me is knowing that I made the wrong choice before, years ago when I was a newbie writer.
So which voice do I listen to? I’m no longer a newbie. And this is the question that won't leave me alone.
The book this post is referring to is Kissing Death. Not only has it been revised and given to an Editor to make it shine, but the feedback from people who have read it is what placed this itchiness to publish in my veins.
Being a writer, I’m constantly learning, whether it’s from reading/writing more, or listening to podcasts with advice from other writers in the position to give advice. Podcasts such as Book Launch Show, The Creative Penn, and Writing Excuses. If you haven’t already, add these shows to your list of amazingness.
Right now, I'm waiting on eight replies from agencies that I queried toward the end of January. I also sent a couple of submissions to small publishing houses that accept un-agented inquiries. I'd love to have an agent, someone that knows this side of the business better than I do. Or nab a deal on my own with a publishing house. But an agent has the right connections and they're basically a specialist in this arena. The right agent works hard for the author they represent.
Meanwhile, while I wait for their replies and maybe submit to a few more, I'm putting together a marketing plan and searching for book cover designers. I'm the type of person that likes to plan for all scenarios.
Writing Tip: Listen to those podcasts mentioned above. Writing Excuses is a panel of writers with tons of advice about different elements of writing.
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