I’m writing a story right now that, as I step back and examine it, is completely insane. It’s a historical-fantasy book that I’ve put an incredible amount of effort in, and it’s crazy. Alice in Wonderland crazy. It’s the sort of thing that any buyer is either going to adore or despise, and it’s far from mainstream. Very far.
In other words, I haven’t even finished it yet and I’m highly doubting that any agent, much less a publisher, is going to take a risk on my project, and thus I’m considering self-publishing. However, being an avid reader of your blog and currently in the query pool for a novel I finished last year, I’m hesitant. I have a not-insignificant amount of money that I’m willing to devote to my little project, editing and good covers and marketing and all that, though I, being a shy little bird, don’t have a major amount of Facebook or blog followers or the like ready and set to go buy my stuff.
So my question is: am I giving up on traditional publishing too early? I’m I considering self-pubbing for the wrong reasons and, if I do end up self-pubbing this book before Book No 1 can or does get an agent/small publisher, will I regret it?
This might be a bit too personal, but I can easily see another woodland creature being put in a similar situation.
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That's good cause at this point today I'm not sure I could spell a thousand words correctly.
As a writer, you know research is key to making your plot sound and feel realistic. Why you think you don't need to research the viability of your book in the marketplace is beyond me. Maybe you've just addled your brains with all that running on the rodent wheel.
You don't know ANYTHING about whether agents want your book until you ask them.
Ask them = Query Letter.
Asking is not looking at #MSWL and throwing up your paws in despair.
Asking is NOT listening to professional level chatterboxes on writing boards who speak with absolute certainty about what's hot and what's not.
Asking is NOT NOT NOT letting that malevolant whisper of fear have any kind of say in what you DO.
Asking = querying.
Now, get off that damn rodent wheel of doubt, finish that book, figure out how to entice me to read it and GET FUCKING QUERYING. Ok?