Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

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UPDATE! Prince by Blood and Bone, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court is one step closer to publishing. I have a cover. WOOT! And the book is at the proofreader, so dare I say we will have more Tales of the Black Court by the first week of April? Second week? Or at least sometime in April?

I think I can safely say we’re nearly there, but I’m being cautious. Every time I think I have a hard date on this release something happens to slow me down, but April is looking good! If you want to be one of the know when the book is released I will notify my New Release Newsletter folks first, so SIGN UP for the heads up!

That’s one thing about self-publishing. Since I am editor, writer, and publisher, I have a lot of jobs, and if my life falls apart, so do all those jobs. When you have a publisher that is run by several different people, even a small publisher, the work is distributed. Rarely does everyone have a tough week, month or year. Fellow workers can pull the extra slack for the one who is affected. That’s not true for indie publishing.

That’s one of the reasons I think I’ll continue to be a hybrid publisher. I want to focus on the writing, and while I love being in control of so many different aspects of the book, I also find it to be a ton of work! It will be nice on future projects to turn all the little niggling details over to someone else. Whom? I’m not sure. I have a few projects in the works that I’m thinking about submitting to publishers. Or I’m thinking about trying them out on Wattpad. Or I’m considering just self-publishing them and doing it all myself again.

How do you make these kinds of decisions?

How do authors know what’s the right thing to do?

Well, today, I know that I am overwhelmed, so I either need to pay someone to take over some of the jobs I’ve been doing, or I need to have a publisher do the work. Basically it comes down to money and control. A publisher will not charge me anything. They’ll do the jobs in a timely fashion and I’ll end up with a sellable product that looks good and has good editing and I won’t have to come up with the money to do so. But I will have to let them make a lot of decisions as to cover, release date, and sometimes creative control. Is that what I want?

Also, while they don’t charge me up front, they will take a good portion of the profits. That’s only fair since they are putting in a lot of work, but let’s face it, groceries do have to be purchased and half or more of the profits is a lot of money.

On the other hand, if I do everything myself my other projects won’t be coming out until at least 2015. Maybe 2016. I have too much going on, and my big priority is writing Broke Mirror, the third fantasy romance in the Tales of the Black Court. Writing, editing, and getting the cover done on that book will suck up a lot of my time, energy, and funding. Is that going to leave enough for my other series?

Authors never used to have the ability to even ask themselves these questions. I’m lucky the new paradigm gives me so many choices. Or am I wishing that it were the old days and I could turn it all over to someone else. Not think about any of it. Some days that’s true, but not today. Today I’m thrilled that I get to choose. They may be hard decisions, but I have options. And until I sign a contract, I retain all the options!

What kinds of things in your life are difficult to decide on? Career paths? Schooling? Even where to go on vacation can seem monumental when you can only choose one destination. What big or small decisions had you waffling lately?

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Voting opens March 31st, click her to vote!

The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court has been nominated for a RONE Award via InDtale Magazine . This contest is a total popularity contest, which I have a tougher time placing in because I’m still a relatively small author, but with your help, I might just make it. 🙂

Voting for this category runs April 14th-2oth, so thanks in advance for hopping on over and making your opinions known!


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4 responses to “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

  1. I totally get your discussion today, Jessica. The work never ends with self-pubbing. But I love to have that control and the marketing is really a lot of fun for me. I’ve had to tell myself I can only do what I can do, though. If I don’t I’ll be heading down the madness road, I know. Congrats on all you’ve got going on!
    I am putting the last few pages into The Loyalist’s Luck and that feels great. My books are longer than yours so they take time but nearing the end is still awesome.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. A writer’s work is never done… no matter how you get your work ‘out there’. Have you considered hiring a student to manage tweets, updates and correspondence?

    • But that’s the fun stuff! Can I hire someone instead to do the cooking and the cleaning at my house? Seriously, when the budget allows, I’ll be shucking off some of my work, likely things like assigning ISBNs and registering for copyrights. I hate that paperwork. Oh, and keeping track of the umpteen invoices Amazon sends. I don’t know why they can’t do it all in one email. Someday there will be an assistant in my future, but not today!

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