- Editing, and editing then editing my manuscript some more until I’m so introverted I can’t see straight;
- Finishing the manuscript which is now finished with the exception of the final chapter. The climax is over, I am now writing the final chapter where we have all calmed down a bit and loose ends are tied up
- I’ve agonised over whether to submit to literary agents (and therefore traditional publishing) or self publishing, which I did with my non fiction titles (Pro Resumes Made Easy etc)
After a couple of months of toing and fro-ing I decided to self publish. Why?
- I’m not very patient
- I’m a bit of a control freak and I like the idea of controlling the rights and doing my own promotion and marketing since I already know what I’m up for
- Even if I did traditionally publish I’d still have to promote it any way. Traditional publishing does not eliminate the need, in my view to do that “icky marketing thing”
A caveat here. I’ve befriended quite a few literary agents on twitter, and for the most part they seem to be hard working pleasant people who love words and get excited about the possibility of finding the “next big thing.” The exception of that would have to be Donald Maas whose self serving and condescending blog post about authors being in “freight class” and “first class” I read, but I’m sorry, I just don’t agree to put it mildly.
The other factor is, I’m going to have a crack at crowd funding. Sure I could make next to nothing out of it, but I then again I just might. Plus I’ll get a book trailer and a video out of it I can use when it comes to marketing “Gypsy Hunted.”
I’ve also surveyed a choice of four book covers, and have a clear winner.
Despite the work ahead in editing, beta readers, more editing prior to publication, I’m pretty damn excited. I hope you are too 🙂