2017 was the year I decided to publish independently. So far, it is exciting but there’s also much to learn.
I must learn to balance social media involvement with writing time. I must learn how to make sales and get reviews, something I never thought of before I published.
Looking back, I wonder why I didn’t do this earlier. But maybe I’d just have made a mess of it. It’s true that I didn’t know about blog-tours, promotions, or (online) launch parties. Next time I’ll know more and plan before I jump.
Still, it was the right decision to let fly.
What made me decide to go independent?
It was the agents, who encouraged me to believe in my writing, but didn’t snap me up.
While there are aspects of your work that I admire. . .
We have read your query with true interest. . .
You have an interesting story to tell and there’s a lot to like about your approach. . .
I am sure that this could be very intriguing but. . .
I enjoyed reading your work; you write with conviction and your plot promises plenty of action. Unfortunately, as a small agency. . .
You write well, and have some intriguing ideas, but in this harsh climate, when editors (and agents) are being even more cautious than usual, I just don’t think we’d succeed in placing a novel as complex and ambitious as yours. . .
These were mostly well-known agencies. I took up the gauntlet and spent some hectic weeks preparing my manuscript, deciding on a book-cover, etc. On the eleventh of October my book appeared on Amazon.
Of course, I need to sell my book, and I’m pleased with every purchase clocked in by Amazon. It was a milestone getting the first royalties, but I want to do better. Who doesn’t?
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