The past month or so, I've been strongly leaning toward the idea of self-publishing. When I started my publishing journey a few years back, I would've never considered the idea of publishing myself. I was one of those "traditional only" gals, looking at the self-publishers as those who just couldn't make it in the real publishing world. Now I've been seeing agents blogging about self-publishing. The view of indie publishers is taking a new turn. And my view on it, is turning as well.
I did the "traditional path" for one of my books. I got an agent. I went on Submission. Failed. Rewrote. Submitted to Publishers. Failed. Rewrote. Submitted more. My book has had agent edits. Editor feedback. Numerous drafts that I've lost count. It's clean...clean...clean, and better than it has ever been before. I love this story. Others have loved it as well (and not just family members.) Now I am waiting on a full from a publisher. I should be thrilled to have a full request from a publisher, from a slush submission, none-the-less, right? However, I really just don't give a flip anymore.
My book WILL live, whether the industry accepts it or not.
I still haven't decided what I'll do if the publisher accepts it. The more research I'm doing, the more I'm considering self-publishing even if the publisher wants it. (crazy, huh?). I've had over 160 artist requests for doing my cover (a story for another blogging day). And it's been fun to have control over my book once again. I have a terrific artist working on a cover for me right now. I can also foresee my book coming into existence within a few months, instead of a few years. And I can write whatever the heck I want, without worrying about whether an agent likes my concept, or if it fits whatever the market is supposed to be, or if the editor is in a bad mood that day. And instead of a decent story hiding on my hard drive or shelved, it can be read.
Isn't that what's important in the end?
One a side note: I will go the traditional route again on my current and future projects. I still want to accomplish that dream. However, for my book that doesn't want to die... It deserves a chance to prove that it is indeed "marketable" to the right readers.