Wednesday, October 22, 2014

'I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread' By @KarynGerrard #Publishing

Thanks Bilbo. You  have summed up my year so far. I don't reveal much personally, though needless to say, I am taking my father's passing (end of April)  rather hard.

Beyond that, so far this year as a writer has not been a particularly satisfying one on many fronts.

Forget sales. Don't want to even go there. Let's skip that.

Dealings with publishers? Let's skip that, too.

The actual writing? Didn't do much of it this past year due to personal reasons ( like mentioned above) though I do have a few finished MS sitting collecting cobwebs.

I am at a crossroads. Though I am actually considering self-pubbing a few stories at some point, it doesn't exactly fill me with a lot of joy. I will be taking it slow and trying to find a way/path that will suit me. I feel more than a little residual resentment at certain pubs for giving me no other choice but consider self-pubbing. Thanks for that. Not.

I've just learned that the historical I signed a contract for with Kensington Publishing's digital line In July will not release until Sept 2015. Guess that means I will have to step up the self-pubbing quicker than I thought. I will state this publicly: If it is too much of a hassle, if it causes me any stress, then I won't be doing it and going forward I will be lucky to have 1-2 releases a year.

Outside of sitting and brooding in a dark room, the hubs after listening to my diatribe on the state of the romance and/or publishing world at the moment, asked me: 'Why do you do it?"

Yeah...why? I could just post the stories for free on my blog and withdraw completely from publishing. That's one solution.

But at the end of the day, I'm not a quitter. I write for me, its true, but I figure I've come this far, might as well see where the journey takes me. Much like Bilbo (Or Frodo) Baggins and his travels.

So, I have no other releases this year, (except one I am ignoring) a good opportunity to examine what direction I want to take next.

It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. ~Bilbo Baggins

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