During that time, I also studied the other side of the fence: Indie Publishing. (It was simply called, "Self Publishing" back then. For the longest, I felt pulled more towards the traditional publishing where we jump on the Query-go-round and play our chances for winning the Agent Lotto.
Depression set in. I was discouraged about it all. Ready to give up...seeking publishing, that is. I never once wanted to quit writing. I will do that regardless of where the many roads of publising lead me. There were some other factors contributing towards my depression, and I knew I needed to make some changes - fast. I did. First, a new job. Second, write another novel. I did.
Then, I jumped down off the fence and landed with both feet firmly planted on the Indie side of the fence. It wasn't for an easier route by any means. I had done my homework, studied and practiced, read the pros and the cons of both sides of the fence. It was not a move towards surrender or the easier choice because self-publishing means hard work and wearing many hats.
Today, I read some more advice on writing, querying, editing, etc. I was amazed. I saw a valuable source of some depressing reading. Ever notice that much of the advice by the "successful" (not the tried and true like King, or Morrell...or any of the other greats) pointed at what "we" non-successfuls were doing WRONG?
Then, I read somewhere that it doesn't matter how well we write or even if we have a great book or not...just that we can write a good query that will get an agent's attention.
Well, I don't have the patience for games anymore. Blame it on my age. I blame everything else on it lately. (smile) I like my new blog home where I don't feel a need to hotlink every other word to look impressive. I am just writing it. Simple. That's the word I like about Indie Publishing: Simple. It is not easy, but then neither is traditional publishing these days.
Simple means uncomplicated. I do all the work, keep the rights, can change my mind a dozen times without argument or strife because someone else thinks I should do their way. Simple means I have a say in the price, the cover design, and I can pull the plug on my work if I decide to do so. I am sure the seas will get stormy at times, but I am at the helm and if the ship sinks...I will write another one.
Thanks for reading my rambling for today. Like I said, I am not trying to impress anyone here. This is my journal, my thoughts, and my nonsense. I welcome anyone's rambling thoughts here as well providing there is room in the response box for them all.
Also, typos are allowed on my site. Grammar police have no jurisdiction in here. However, I will (because I have the p o w e r) delete any inappropriate writing in my space. You know the kind - swearing, nasty talk, slander, gossip....etc.
Have a great day