Publishing Woes

It’s the middle of the night and I can’t sleep, so I guess we know what that means – It’s blog post time! Just to keep everyone updated on the novel, I’m still in the process of revising it. The ink I ordered to print it out still hasn’t arrived yet, it should be here in the next few days. Once it’s printed, then I can really mark it up with the changes I want to make, corrections, and additions.

I’m currently questioning whether or not I should attempt to traditionally publish it once it’s revised or just go ahead and self-publish it. I’ve never published anything before, so to try to traditionally publish, would be exceptionally difficult, and be a painstakingly long process.

Traditional publishing requires an agent, which I have already highlighted several out of my “Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market 2020” Guidebook. Basically you have to research every agent to see if they’re the right fit for you, if you think that they are, you have to send them what’s called a query letter, explaining who you are, why you’ve written your novel and why it’s good for their agency, and why you are a good fit for their agency. Usually they’ll let you know up front if they want the first 30 pages, or some sort of snippet of your novel or a synopsis. Then you wait 4-6 weeks to find out if the agent even wants more information from you, like say, the entire novel. Then you wait another 4-6 weeks to see if they want you and your novel and that’s only the first half of it. Then the agent has to send out the novel to publishers to try to get publishers to agree to take it on. If no publishers take the bait, then you’re still back at square one. If a publisher bites, then you’re in the business! However, if you have no other publishing credits to your name, this is extremely difficult to do.

So, if I go to the self-publishing route, I have a few different options. I could go through Amazon’s KDP service to self-publish my book, it’s “free” with the exception of the book design cover, which costs around $500. The only other problem is that if I want extra copies of the book for myself, say if I would want to sign copies and sell to a select group of people, I would have to purchase them myself off of the Amazon website. Another con, is that Amazon would own all rights to my book, I wouldn’t be able to sell it on any other platforms anywhere else. Another con, the royalties aren’t as high as some other services are (I would make less money per book sold). One pro is that they would offer it both in paperback version and in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited versions.

I could also go through a self-publishing service that I found online called Bookbaby. This service offers it all. They will offer up to 100 paperback books shipped to my home (I’m thinking I would need more like 25 unless there’s some sort of impromptu book signing in my future). They offer the book design cover. They allow me to sell both on Amazon and on other platforms around the web. They provide editing services. They format the book both into paper book and e-reader formats. They do promotional advertising for the book on Facebook and Instagram. They even offer posters and bookmakers (which I doubt I would need, but hey, they offer them). Another thing, the royalties are higher, so I would make more money per book sold. The only con, it is extremely expensive. We’re maxing out credit cards expensive. So, I would really have to trust them to do their job, and really have to trust my own writing, that my book will truly sell, to make enough to even profit one cent.

So, there you have it. That’s what’s been on my mind lately. Any comments, thoughts, or suggestions to help me out, please leave on my Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter accounts. I thought this site had a comments section, but apparently it doesn’t. Bummer.

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