I think my path is set…

So after much consideration and even speaking to a few followers of mine who already have novels out there (you know who you are,) I think the path of self-publishing will be my route to take.  What I also failed to mention was I did get a reply back from a literary agent who was very useful in helping guide me toward this recommended path in getting my name out there.  Sadly he didn’t take on my novel the Kingdom Come, but not because he didn’t believe in it like others have said in the rejection letters, but because he felt many publishers wouldn’t, at least until I can break new ground on this type of fantasy fiction I’m presenting.  I knew this would be an uphill climb, but I love this novel (and the others to come) so much that I NEED to get it out there, even if I have to self-publish in hopes of it catching the attention of fantasy lovers out there.

In the meantime, my heart is set on the short story I wrote about earlier on.  However, I’m turning that now into a book of its own, but I don’t plan on it being as long as The Kingdom Come.  This will be my gateway novel… at least I hope.  The book that just about any fantasy/werewolf lover out there would enjoy, especially since it focuses more on humans than anthropomorphic characters.  As of now I only plan on it being a single novel, and even though it will tie into the Kingdom Come series that I’m working on, it will be a novel that you don’t need to read before you tackle The Kingdom Come series, nor visa versa.  It will be an entity of its own, yet still tied in somehow to the other series.  I guess you could call it a side story?  I still haven’t figured out the title for it yet, and I’m already in the middle of chapter 2 of this new creation.  I have a temporary title I suppose you can say, but I’m not too certain if I’ll be keeping it.

On a side note, if any of you are remotely curious on what it’s about, I plan on posting the first chapter here relatively soon once I bounce around a couple new ideas that have come to mind.  I can’t promise it will be the final result after it’s undergone some editing, but from the looks of it I can’t see it looking much different than it does now.  Just think of cops, werewolves, and cross-world inter-dimensional travel!

One of the things I’ll be purchasing is a good editing book, something that can help guide me so I won’t have to put out a ton of cash for a professional (even though I would love to hire one if I could afford it.)  I’ve already been given a few suggestions but anyone interested in suggesting any more I will happily consider it.  Now all I have to do now is battle with the greatest enemy of all when it comes to working on any project in the literary realm….. TIME!

 

Slowly getting back into the swing of things.

Well, all is well on the home front.  Gabriel is 5-months old and being the nap terrorist like most babies are *laughs.*  The job is…well…the job.  I had signed papers for an increase in salary with the department I work for until that got blown out of the water due to our beloved democratic governor screwing up on the state budget, which brought us from a projected surplus down to a massive deficit…  But I won’t get into that, because it’s just all-out depressing and I can write a whole blog post on it.

So Raphael has been calling out to me… yes, the main character in my novel series.  I’ve lately been craving to shut myself away in my man-cave for hours out of the day and just write.  I’m nearly done my first short-story that I had planned to be one of many to help get my name out in the literary world, but deep down I just want to return to Galantis and start on book two.

I had to sit down and start educating and reevaluating the course of where I wanted my novel series to go and how to get there.  After initially doing research on ways of publishing my work, it was suggested over and over to find a literary agent for most fantasy fiction genre.  Yet the ideas of self publishing had began to cross my mind.  But I easily dismissed them for a while because I didn’t want to just jump into that out of discouragement from not finding an agent that would take my work yet.  In other words I didn’t want to give up when the going got a little tough.  After all, I even learned something about the book that made me alter it for an even better beginning.

After reading a couple good articles on the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing (which I will happily share links to at the end of this post,) I’m starting to strongly consider the route of self-publishing.  Primarily – if for nothing else – the fact of selling rights to a publisher who can change the title, format, or whatever the hell they want on my book whether or not it is to my liking.  I understood that some rights had to be given up when doing business with the publishers, but I didn’t realize it was to this extent.  Maybe in future books that I write this won’t be such a problem, but The Kingdom Come is my ‘baby.’  I know I would be devastated if they had to change content in my book that I’ve spent years writing, rewriting, and rewriting again while creating a world from the pure fathoms of my imagination.  I think I would reach across the desk at someone who said something like, “I think the lokari race is a bad idea, we’re going to call them furumans and rewrite how they come into existence.”  I mean seriously… I MADE UP the term ‘lokari’ to begin with!

What has also spiked some hope in the thought of self-publishing is the idea if I market my book(s) well and they do become a best seller, then a publishing company may seek me out and if I so choose to go with them, the likelihood of them wanting to change the content would be slim to none because I’m already doing so well sale-wise without them.  The only thing I will be disheartened about is the fact my first published work won’t be an actual, physical, fresh-page smelling book that I’ve always imagined.  Eventually it will, but not until a publishing company wants my work or I make enough money to fork out the fees needed to print my own work.  Until then… it will be eBooks.

I feel like this is the phase of my authorship that falls under research for a while.  I still don’t have the time that I need and desire to write as often that I want with having the new baby, but nothing says I can’t educate myself as much as I can on the art of self-publishing and everything that goes with it.  The next decision I would have to make is if I do decide to self-publish, will I wait until Part 2 of The Kingdom Come is written out and finished?  Or will I publish Part 1 and then start on Part 2 after?

Anyhow, kids are waking up, time to feed the brood and get on with my day.  Here are those articles that I read in regards to self-publishing vs traditional publishing.  There are many more out there but these are the two I found time to read through.  I encourage you do the same if you are thinking of self or traditional publishing.

 

6 Reasons you should self publish – http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/08/tiana-warner/

Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing and Self-publishing – http://www.thecreativepenn.com/self-publishing-vs-traditional/