On the tail of all the industry upheaval going on, it’s time for an announcement (LOL):
I’m releasing my first self-published work soon! For Love of an Angel is a sexy paranormal romance set in an alternate reality where angels rule over humans. It’s complete and awaiting the services of a professional editor. In the meantime, here’s my cover:
Squee! I’m totally in love with it.
I’m sure some people will wonder why I chose to self-publish. Did I submit the story to various publishing houses and get turned down? Nope. This story has never been submitted to a publishing house. In fact, I wrote it with the sole intent of self-publishing it. Why? Well, there are a variety of factors that went into my decision, but here are some of them:
- Control – I like the thought of having control over things like price and where the book will be sold. I know, I know, it’s time consuming, but it’s also liberating.
- Experimentation – Price, Deals, Giveaways. I can experiment with all of this to see what brings in the most sales. And since I can track everything I do, I’ll actually know what’s working and what isn’t.
- Getting Others Acquainted with my Voice – This is a big one. I’d like to build a following, but it’s hard to do that without having product out there for people to read. Of course there’s the risk of putting out an inferior product, but this is where the services of a professional editor come in handy.
So now that I’ve decided to self-publish, does this mean I’ve given up my dream of signing with a traditional publisher? Of course not. I’ve got my eye on several different publishers, both NY and digital. But I’m in this for the long haul, and I truly believe a wise and enterprising author will diversify herself.
Anyone else have any news to share?