Well, that's kind of how I feel about today's post. How can I possibly follow the EPIC POST OF EPIC EPICNESS?
I'll tell you how.
Hehehe. It's good I can laugh at my own jokes. :)
But seriously, I didn't want to just have the EPIC POST OF EPIC EPICNESS and then go back to business as usual. I wanted to take the time to really share with you guys how I came to my decision and just how utterly excited about it I am!
And so to do that, I'm going to answer some questions no one really asked, but I'm sure you were thinking anyway! :)
Why publish independently? Why not go the traditional route?
I thought for years I did want to go the traditional route. It was all I really ever knew. And the little I did know about self-publishing was bad--scam publishing companies, bad product, etc.
Well, over the last year or so, I'd been doing some research, figuring out what authors do when their books come out. You know, what works and what doesn't. I've listened to agents, writers, readers, editors, subconsciously gathering information about breaking out with your debut novel.
And a few weeks ago, I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized I really could do this on my own. And then I realized I WANTED to. Not just, "ho hum, well, if this doesn't work out, I'll upload my novel into Amazon and then I'll be published." (which is such a bad idea, I can't even go into it now because it needs its own post--which I will do)
I am THRILLED about the business aspect of this! I love getting to decide all the little details. Never before has the world of publishing been so available to writers! In practically every other industry, you make a product and you sell it. And if you want to be successful, you better make it the best darn product you can. And now, we as writers can do that!
We can do what we want! And no, I'm not speaking ill of traditional publishing in any way shape or form. I love it, in fact! Publishing companies have done wondrous things for thousands upon thousands of writers and without them, I doubt we'd have some of the gems that grace our bookshelves today. I love that both options are viable now and that they can both learn from each other and help each other to grow into the next generation of publishing.
How are you going to handle it all?
Oh my goodness, there is a LOT to do. A. Lot. In fact, I am doing everything I can to make sure ELEMENTAL will be as polished and professional as any book that comes out this year.
But I have a team of people who are helping me get ready for the big day, so I'm not doing it alone.
What kind of fun stuff are you going to do to make us super excited?
Cover reveal! Contests! ARC giveaways! Blog tour! You name it, and I'm doing it! In fact, if you have any really unique ideas you'd like to see me try, tell me about it and I'll probably do it! :)
Now, I'm opening it up to you, dear readers. Do you have any questions I didn't already answer? Ask them! Please!