I'm following in the succesful footsteps of Michelle Argyle Davidson and independently publishing my novel.
I've had such good responses to my novel from agents and publishers, both local and international. Why then did I choose to independently publish this story? Because, despite all the praise ringing in my ears, nothing but rejections have came my way. I became tired of hearing the same refrain (with variations) from publishing professionals, whose choices are understandably governed by their bottom lines.
And so I finally decided to go the independent publishing route. I explored a local company that provides all services, proofreading, cover design, distribution, printing etc. Their work is of a high quality, but they are expensive. So I've decided to go the e-book route. I've had a professional designer draw up my cover and an external proof-read is in progress.
I don't expect to make money at this point; it's more a "test-the-waters" exercise. If I can sell more than 500 copies in the first 6 months, then I'll consider the expense of print copies.
Why did I finally take this massive step?
I believe in my story. I got fed-up with the long wait periods in the traditional route. The e-book revolution offers an exciting new path to authors. The reasons go on and on.
from the Rider-Waite tarot
The Fool can, negatively, also represent the idiot, the harmless madman, who lives outside the limitations of accepted society.
Right now, on my writing journey, I am The Complete Fool. As I leap into the unknown of independent publishing, I move away from the validation and mighty power of traditional publishing society. I do so with my heart as full of fear as it is full of hope, and with the belief - perhaps naive - that anything is possible for my story.
If my book is as good as some professionals say it is, it will sell. If it's not good enough, it won't sell. It's as simple as that. But at least I'll have closure on this writing project that is so dear to my heart.
Watch this space for the release date and more exciting news!