How does one keep blogging whilst doing book signings, making book trailers, marketing one’s new book, writing new books, helping coach a 5th and 6th grade boys Parks & Rec Basketball team, and raising three boys? Plain and simple, one doesn’t. Well, at least this one doesn’t. There’s always lots of stuff going on in my life but the time to write about it has waned lately, probably because my spare moments seem to have disappeared like the hair on my hubby’s head – slow but sure. Sorry to all. I’ve been a bad, bad girl.
If you’re at all interested in keeping up to date on my writing life, I suggest fanning up on my Facebook Fan Page, or following me on Twitter.
I recently heard about a new writer who is considering going the self-publishing route because in doing so, he would rake in all the profit. After thinking about his reasoning, I decided to offer my perspective on the three big ways to publish a book, based on what I’ve learned over the years. This is only meant to be a guide. Be sure to research each option on your own (that’s a nice way of saying don’t hold me accountable for anything I say here).
There are three major ways to publish your book:
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any blogs – sorry to those of you who follow me, who wait for my posting with an almost mad, feverish anticipation. Please forgive me. Once I tell you what happened, I’m sure you will find it in your heart to bestow mercy. You see, my blogging muse drowned in a terrible editing accident. Four different manuscripts to edit was just too much for her. I’ve only just now been able to revive her, poor thing.
That’s probably one of the longer titles in existence, but I can’t help wanting to share the confirmed good news about my book, via the blog link down below. You can also hear some real world advice about marketing that thriller author, Jeremy Robinson, has learned first-hand. It’s a reality check for most of us, but better to know upfront than to be surprised and not ready to help your book do well, even if published through a major publisher in bookstores. Jeremy has gone from being self-published to scoring a 3-book deal with Thomas Dunne so he knows what he’s talking about.
Anyway, here’s the blog (it’s actually a vlog – a video blog):
I have good news! I have just signed a contract with a new publishing company, Variance, that will be getting my book out into bookstores. Say hurray! A part of me is excited about this big step up and another part of me is worried – of course. There’s always a catch, you see. I am going to be getting what’s called a limited release. You know those movies that are only shown in certain theaters – the ones that nobody ever hears much about? Well, that’s my situation. Here’s another worrisome part: My book really has to sell well so that I can get it into an even wider venue…possibly even go hard cover (as opposed to under cover), which would be totally fragadelic. Otherwise, who knows what will happen? There’s a good possibility that I will be dropped like a used kleenex and then burned at the stake, with marshmallows thrown in for free.
Being somewhat of a pessimist, I’m not real hopeful about my odds.