Waaaaaaaaay back, like I don't know, a couple of summers ago when I first launched myself headlong into the world of writing for publication I started paying attention to people who said words like "kindle" and "self publishing" in one sentence. Sounded exhausting to me. First you write your novel. Then you find a reputable (non predator) editor to pay upwards of $2000 or more to help you, essentially, re write it. You re-write, then hire a cover artist. You push a couple of buttons on the internet machine and viola! You're published and have joined every Tom, Sue and Mary who think their novel is the best thing since Margaret Mitchell or Stieg Larsson.
But hey, it can't be much worse than writing, crit grouping and beta reading yourself cross-eyed, polishing, writing blurbs and synopses to fit some arbitrary formula, subbing, waiting....waiting...waiting...only to get the "thanks but no thanks" form email.
Self publishing success stories abound:
John Locke (no not the bald guy on Lost).
Barry Eisler (whom I will point it is Very Hot and could be a cover model himself)
Cory Doctorow (who also has one of the most amusing blogs ever: Boingboing.com
So many stories of success after failure. Uplifting really.
And this from the Guardian UK which reminds us that even Her Royal Royalties J.K. Rowling has "bowed to the inevitable" and agreed to e-publish those Wizard Boy books on her website.
I'll admit, now that I've experienced "professional editing" from one publisher I feel a little spoiled. However, recent frustration with the submission process and my frank desire to push the limitations of traditional "romance" or "erotic romance" rules (sometimes there just ISN'T an HEA that's obvious) have brought me back around to this topic. And frankly, even the biggest e-publishers leave the bulk of promotion to their writers. Unless you're agented and signed with a "New York Contract" all the contests, blog posting, facebooking, tweeting and generally staying alive in a room full of loud writers all clanging gongs to catch reader's attention is up to you anyways.
I've spoken with some of you about your experiences but I want to know MORE---tell me how you did it? I realize there are tons of formats, and plenty of ways to fail, but that Kindle is the platform most used for its ease and generous share of profits. I have secured what I think is a top-notch editor and have scoped out some very serious critique partners and set myself a deadline: December 1, 2011.
If I do not have at least one if not two solid contracts with other publishers for my three novel length books by then--well, by golly Merry Christmas and pass the self-publishing pudding (and that guy up there).
Tell me your tale.