Almost there…

I have been working on two projects lately. Well, not at the same time. I put my historical novel aside to concentrate on re-releasing my first book.

The news that my publisher had gone out of business was a blow. But after consideration, I decided not to try to find a new publisher, knowing well how long it might take for someone to take a chance on a book that had already been published. I turned to self-publishing. At least the editing had already been done by a professional!

But I needed a new cover. Now here is where having talented children comes in handy.  One of my sons created a beautiful cover for me. So now I am days away from putting it out there–again. I just need to get a proof copy to be certain it is free of flaws — or as free as humanly possible.

I’m  back to my historical. I’ve had feedback from my beta readers and made the changes I agreed needed made. It’s been edited by a pro. I am going over it for the umpteenth time, changing a word here or there.  It is as ready as it will ever be.

But I am strangely reluctant to send it out. I look at the months of querying I did for my first two traditionally published books, the endless stream of rejections, the yearlong editing process before I held them in my hand. Can I start that process again with a new book?

It’s daunting. I could take the easy way out and self-publish (not that that is easy). But, damn it, I want the validation that comes with acceptance.

So I suppose I will be working on the synopsis and query letter in the next few weeks. beginning the process all over again.

We writers are gluttons for punishment.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CristineGzr
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 09:00:52

    Sandy, I am thrilled to hear you are doing this! I can’t wait to order the book! Listening to all the writers talk about self publishing, it’s obvious that it’s a different path for all writers but it’s definitely a place for out of print books to thrive! What an exciting time for readers and writers.


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