The start of the Christmas season


November and NaNoWriMo have come and gone… incredibly quickly.  In fact, it seems as though the whole year as disappeared.  And hasn’t life changed since the beginning of the year.

I have gone from a job which I have detested to a job which I am still really enjoying… it’s actually a record for me to be enjoying the job this long.  But I have finished one manuscript, Pecan Hill, which I worked incredibly hard on and which I think I will still be working incredibly hard on.  I’m currently trying to entice an agent into actually reading.  The only thing I’ve been able to do so far is to get a few form rejections.  I’m trying to stay positive about the whole process but it does get to me some days.  I thought I had finally crafted the perfect query letter, but it took less than twenty-four hours for an agent to dismiss it.  Maybe it just wasn’t her cup of tea.

I had illusions of maybe self-publishing, but my stomach twists into a horrible knot every time I think of it.  I have discovered a website, not discovered like Columbus discovered America or Van Riebeek South Africa, called Lulu where you upload your manuscript formatted for printing and they print the copies every time someone orders a copy.  I’m incredibly tempted to load my manuscript, properly formatted and with a nice cover, and then ordering one copy just so that I have a copy for myself of the novel and don’t have to wait years to see how it looks once it has been published and then still try and find an agent and go the conventional route.

Declan is growing up so quickly and it’s hard to believe that on Saturday he will already be seven months old.  He’s gotten into such a cute phase at the moment though.

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To self publish or not


This is a decision which I’ve been wrestling with for a while. Should I choose to press on with my attempts to get an agent and get published the traditional way or should I be a non-conformist and self-publish my works as an e-book or e-books when they become plural. The temptation is to publish the e-book now and become an author immediately – instant gratification – or I can carry on slogging away and carry on with the query letters to agents hoping that one of them will notice my talent and sign me on before their work starts to find a suitable publisher. I use the term ‘become an author’ loosely because I already consider myself an author, I just need to progress now to become a published author.

They say that these new e-readers (the Kindle and the Nook) are the future of publishing and that all books will be electronic in future. Are these e-readers the future of publishing? Probably. I suppose one could say that it is like comparing old LP records or CDs to iPods. But just because they are the future of the publishing industry, it doesn’t mean that the quality of published books needs to go down.

I think that I’ve nailed my colours to the mast.