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Discovering Self Publishing

Moonday Mania

a blog for writers of all shapes and sizes

Back in late 2009 I finished my first full length novel, The Dark Huntsman (originally titled The Queen’s Huntsman). But I had no clue what to do with it. My chapter members urged me to submit it for publishing, so I pulled on the big girl boots and sent it off to a few agents and editors. Over the course of 2010 I began to receive my very first (very nice) rejections. So sad.

With This Ring

Submitting your baby to agents and editors is like proposing to someone and having them respond, “I’ll be back to you in six to eight weeks.” So you wait, and you wait, and you wait. And they never get back to you. Meanwhile the rest of the world is getting hooked up. Spring is coming, weddings are being planned, and you sit home every Friday night with only the TV and Ben and Jerry’s for company. Finally you screw your courage to the sticking place and write a follow up letter, asking (okay, trying not to grovel, but also trying not to offend because you are secretly pissed off) asking the guy (editor) if he has even looked at your proposal (manuscript). Only to find out he hasn’t even looked at your letter yet. Or worse, he doesn’t even respond.

I went through it all.

Three re-writes later, three years later, and after lots of maybes… I finally received the acceptance letter! Woot!


I didn’t like the contract. Not one bit. Which was a real shame because I truly wanted to work with that editor. But oh well, that is the way this business goes.

So now I was faced with a decision. It was now 2013 and time was flying by. Fairy tales are HOT! But they won’t stay hot forever, so I want to get this book out now. Do I go through another round of submissions? Do I wait months for someone to reject my work, or even accept my work, but then hand me an unacceptable contract? Is there a valid reason for doing that with this book?

I don’t think so.

I’ve taken an amazing class on self publishing from Amy Atwell and Kelli Finger at Author EMS and once again I’m pulling on the big girl boots, but this time I’m putting on my coat and hat and am venturing out on my own. I’ve hired an editor. I’ll be hiring a copy editor for the nitty gritty work as well as a cover artist (because if it’s up to me it would be a very ugly cover!) and the book will be out this fall!

Check back for updates on the saga. So far book one  Tales of the Black Court: The Dark Huntsman, , is due back from developmental edits June 1st. I’ll work on those, consider a second round, then send it off for copy edits. Meanwhile the cover is next on my agenda, as is finishing book two, Prince by Blood and Bone, and outlining book three, Broken Mirror.

I’m on my way!

Have you ever considered self publishing? Why? What would be the catalyst for breaking free of the traditional expectations of our industry for you? Or have you already taken the plunge? What made you do it? Was it the uniqueness of your book? Was it timeing? Was it simply getting tired of rejections while other people continued to tell you how great your book really was?

I’ll be updating my journey here, so check back!


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Panning for Gold in the Publishing Industry

Moonday Madness

a blog about authors and author concerns

It’s tough to be an author today. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Don’t you all feel this way?

Traditional publishing is dying, self-publishing is the only way to go.

You’re crazy if you self-publish, too much work and the numbers don’t hold up. 

I go back and forth. Do I want an agent. Do I want to submit to this publisher or that publisher or stay with my current publisher. Every day I feel like I have to make a new decision, but do I really?

I’m in this for the long haul.

Donna B. McNicol

I chose my publisher for several reasons. One, they liked me. (Let’s face it. When someone wants to go out with you, its very flattering.) Two, I receive several rounds of edits from the staff. My editor, the line editor, the copy editor. And then (there is always the final copy if anything is drastically wrong) the formatting editor. And three, they paid for the cover, the editing, the formatting. All things I have little to no experience in. Overall a great small press experience.

So that leaves the big decisions. Should I send my next book to them? What about agents? What about self-publishing and striking it rich?

If you don’t hop on board the gold will be gone. But the truth of it is most miners didn’t make much more than survival money. A few made it big. Self-publishing is like that. Unless you are there for the long haul. Unless you have a back-list and continue to create a back-list.

Want to see someone in it for the long haul? Someone who is quietly panning in the stream and doing very well? Check out Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blog. I think she actually goes by Kris, so it’s kind of confusing, but she is an up front honest and prolific self-publisher who will tell you like it is. And the best part is she has lots of experience in the traditional publishing industry. Lots.

The post that got me started today is: http://kriswrites.com/2012/09/26/the-business-rusch-watching-the-numbers/.

Also check out her series on publishing http://kriswrites.com/business-rusch-publishing-articles/.

Baby ToesIt’s gold. All gold. When someone with her experience shares it with a tenderfoot, you should pull your seat up closer to the campfire and listen. She’s been in, she’s been out. She’s had multiple pen names. She’s never been the BIG name, but she is doing what I would love to do, living the life and making it as an author. More than making it, she is successful.

And she’s in it for the long haul.

Stop worrying about the tiny decisions. Come up with a plan and stick to it. Make it work. And above all, write (and make sure you keep your rights, and copyrights). Your stories, whether or not you have an agent, a big six publisher or a small publisher are your ticket to the LIFE. Think ahead and realize, this business has a long tail and you want to be there, on the front porch of that cabin, with your gold bars safe in the cellar. OR the bank.

Right now, I’m choosing traditional publishing. But every contract I make sure that if I decide to do what Ms. Rusch has done, I have that choice. I want to be panning for gold, not pan handling.

How do you make your career decisions? Do you have a business plan? How far out does it go? My goals go out at least five years, but every year I check to see if they are still valid. Staying in the gold rush means stretching out your supplies, and making sure you’ve planned ahead. Where are you in your life?

Thank you WANA COMMONS for the fab photos!


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