At first, I chose the former. I queried two publishers and researched several others, looking for the perfect niche for my novel. Here’s what I discovered: publishers typically don’t like to republish a work. It doesn’t matter if the work has received positive reviews or that the need to seek a new publisher extends beyond the control of the author. If your publisher closes shop, tough tootles to you.
I waited until the midnight hour (Creative Prose officially closed May 31), hoping beyond hope to hear from the few publishers I contacted. When that failed, I opted for the only option available, self-publishing.
Is self-publishing such a horrible option? Absolutely not. It’s actually a beneficial option preferred by many excellent authors. I read many self-published authors (Anita Valle, Markie Madden, Kate Avery Ellison, and Tamara Leigh to name a few), and frankly, their work is more entertaining and of higher quality than many authors represented by renowned publishing houses. A self-published author doesn’t have to fit the cookie-cutter pattern sought by a publisher. Self-publishing allows complete freedom of creativity and expression.
So, why did I hesitate to venture into this wonderful venue? Frankly, I’m scared. I need (or thought I needed) the support and validation of a publisher. While self-publishing gives authors creative freedom, it also gives them complete control: they decide when, where, and how their work is published and promoted. Sounds awesome, right? Of course, except I don’t know ANYTHING about it. Actually, I should say didn’t. I didn’t know anything about it. I’m learning. It’s a slow process, but I’m learning.
What does this mean for the readers of Elise’s Choice? Nothing. Nothing changes. The content and cover of Elise’s Choice remains the same. It is still professionally edited and represented.
What does it mean for me? Well, I now have complete control of my work. The majority of the profits go to me; however, all the promotion falls into my fumbling hands. I say fumbling because I am horrible at self-promotion. But, I’m learning. Baby steps. One challenge at a time.
Currently, Elise’s Choice is only available through Amazon or yours truly. I am slowly uploading it to other platforms like Google and Barnes and Noble. I will post when it is available in other venues.
Here’s the awesome news: it’s available this week for only 99¢ (Kindle edition only)! I realize that most people reading this probably already own a copy of my novel. But, if you don’t or if you know someone who doesn’t, now’s the time to purchase it! Think: you can get a wonderful story that will live in your mind forever for the same price as a large soft drink at McDonald’s. So, help an author and share the news!