# of short stories written – 25
# of short stories published – 6
# of novels written – 3
# of novels published – 1
# of times each novel submitted to publishers and/or possible agents – too many
I don’t think the books suck. They are quite good, IMO. I was told by two or three (major) published authors that I know that were this 15 years ago, I would have been snapped up by a major publishing house ages ago.
But this is not then, this is now. With the internet, everybody and their granny can call themselves authors, and quite legitimately. Many of them are good, some are really good, and some are brilliant. None of them are published.
Published. By a major publishing house. Random House, Scholastic, Penguin, DAW.
Since I write genre fiction, fantasy and science fiction, that narrows it down. DAW, Baen, Ace/Roc, Tor…those are the biggies. And they just don’t take new authors in general unless you have an agent.
Agents. Ah. Agents won’t take you unless you’ve been published. Can anyone explain this to me?
So I have decided to try the route no self-respecting author will go. Self-publish.
I know what you’re thinking. “Yeah, your book sucks. That’s why no one wants it. You’re just no good. They will take new authors if they’re good enough, and you, loser, are just not good enough.”
I don’t want to be famous. (well, yes, of course I do) And I don’t want to be rich. (ummm….that’s a lie as well) But what I want more is to be READ. I want people to read my books. I wrote them so that people could read them. No one can read them if they sit in a box in my closet, and in a file on my computer. So what the hell, I’m putting them out there. If that discredits me among the “real” authors, so be it. If that means a “real” publisher is guaranteed to never look at my name on a manuscript in their slush pile without immediately tossing it in the nearest trash bin, well, hey. That’s what they were doing anyway.
So. If you’re interested in the process, you can find lots of blogs and such about how to self-publish. I have chosen to go with Smashwords for now. Sadly, that means breaking out the damn Microsoft Word program, as I need to format the files in .doc and nothing else. Which I am about to do.
Look for my books. Buy them. (They’ll be cheap!) Enjoy them. Love them. Like them? At least don’ t hate them.