That’s it then it seems. I finished my book over a year ago, and spent the time from then till now sending it around to agents and publishers. I don’t think I’ve ever done a more depressing thing in my life. Now, to be fair, I probably didn’t send it to near half as many as most published authors do, but every time I got an answering saying, “unfortunately this does not read like something we could publish, all luck in the future”, it only took me soooo much more time until I could bother sending it out again.
Then I decided to self-publish, and within two, maybe three weeks of that descision, it was done. I’ve even sold my book in that amount of time. (Yes, to people who aren’t friends or family! (…not many, but some..) )
And now I just don’t understand why I didn’t do this before. This is clearly the way to go. Unless you’ve written the next Harry Potter, and agents are throwing themselves at you, you’re probably much better off with self-publishing. (Hey, as far as I know, even Rowling had some issues getting out there to begin with).
Of course, there’s a lot more work to be done now. There’s the publicity, getting my name out there, writing the blurbs, picking the keywords. But that’s much more rewarding work. And not least, it makes me feel that when I take a saturday off focus on my books, I can actually start to write something new, not keep writing cover letters and sending emails.
Advice? I’m not sure I’m capable of giving any, but try self-publishing. It’s not as bad as you think, and it’s definitely not a cop-out!
Rowling had TONS of rejections before she hit it big. In this day and age, self-publishing makes a lot of sense. Even established authors are having a hard time making money through conventional publishers.
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