IWSG: October

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Go here for full list of participants.

I cannot believe that it's October already. This year has just flown by me.

The other day I posted about my decision to turn to self publishing. I was all set to start querying, but something didn't seem right. I had my query all polished up, both a one and a two page synopsis ready, and a list of agents to harass (not harass, you know what I mean), and I had every intention of going for it. But in the end I decided that the traditional route isn't for me.

The main deterrent: People who know me think that I'm a patient person, but I'm really not. I have no problem taking the time to do something myself, but waiting for someone to do their thing before I can get back on the road? No. There's also the creative control. I don't want to have anyone, but me having final say in what stays and what goes.

That's not to say I won't get editing help. I really need to have a good copy edit done on my manuscript before I can move any further. I doubt I'll be anywhere near ready until after the new year.

I don't expect to get rich doing this. Money was not a deciding factor in my decision. I wouldn't expect to get rich on the traditional front either. All I really want is to put my writing out there for the wider world, and if I make enough money to recoup my costs, I'd be a happy camper.

So that's it really. No real insecurities today. I'm sure I'll have plenty to talk about in the coming months as I stumble down this road.


  1. I hate to tell you this, but you need more than just a copy edit. You need at minimum line edits and copy edits. And better yet, developmental edits. My editor found things that my published CP and beta readers didn't, and she helped me strengthen the ms. It's tough out there with soooo many self published authors. You need to make your book as strong as possible or you won't have repeat readers.

    But at least you're looking at getting copy edits. I've read a few books that I know didn't do this. I only bought one of those authors' books and that was it. If they didn't care to do it right, I couldn't be bothered to support them by buying more of their books. At least you aren't making that mistake. :)

    1. Dev edits aren't essential. The feedback I get from my first readers is usually enough to figure that stuff out. Copy and line edits can be important, but you don't always have to hire someone to do it. It's possible to barter for services, or to get a college student or someone who wants to build their portfolio. The only thing I'd consider really essential is proofreading, and for shorter works, that's something you can do yourself.

      Also, I think it's a fallacy that the sheer number of books on the market right now has made it any more difficult to find success. Our books are not widgets--people read vastly different things for vastly different reasons. This is not a zero-sub game, either--when a reader finds a book they love, they generally want to find something else to read too. They're also a lot more forgiving than we are about our own books.

      Truth be told, there are no rules anymore. It's a frightening new paradigm for some writers, but for DIY types like myself, it's absolutely wonderful. :)

  2. Definitely hire a professional book editor and one who edits in your genre. Study the self-publishing road in depth, too. There are many potholes and you don't want to fall in all of them.

  3. Good luck on your self publishing route! It's good that you know your own mind, and you know which route is best for you. I'm still undecided!

  4. SP is a good way to break in anyway. More and more new authors are going this route before finding traditional publishing. It is also about what works for you and your story. Good luck with getting the book out if you need help let me know.

  5. Thanks, for the support and suggestions.

  6. Congrats at making your decision. I'm sure it wasn't easy. One of the biggies for self-pubbing after you've gone through the work of editing, formatting, and publishing, is marketing. Market that baby! Do book signings and readings. Get your book into readers' hands. :)

  7. I'd, definitely, echo the sentiments left by others that you get a really good editor and polish that baby up :)

    I'm sure, whichever route you go, you'll do great.

  8. I'm sure it's a relief to make the decision. Good luck with it.

  9. I'm proud of you! You've GOT to trust your gut! What a neat thing to know you've made the right decision and to be going down the right path. SO exciting. You must keep us updated! :D

  10. I know just how you feel. Something just didn't feel right. I suggest my copy editor: Emily White. She does an amazing job.

  11. Good luck and I hope you keep us updated on your progress! It's also very rewarding to know you've done everything off your own back.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

26 Things In Alphabetical Order


Achievements/Goals August 20th