Sunday, 30 December 2012

Kindle here I come...

So following the receipt of not one, but 6 identical rejection emails from the same agent, I have decided that it is time to try self-publishing.

I may not have exhausted all of my agency options yet, but I have been rejected by all that I applied to. It's not that I find the rejections too demoralising - I know that it's a very subjective industry and that countless authors were rejected many times before being published. I have a great quote by Eva Ibbotson:
"the only thing is to keep on writing and forget about the response"
So I know not to let the rejections upset me too much. 

What I find more frustrating, is the delay between sending my work off and getting the rejection. I know that if I send my opening and synopsis out to any more agents, I would be waiting nearly two months for a response, and - best case scenario - that would be for the complete manuscript. I would then have to wait for feedback on that and, if the agency liked it, I would then have to wait even longer for them to contact publishers...

Maybe I'm just being too impatient, but I've already been sitting on my complete manuscript for a year and I'm really ready to do something with it! 

So I am turning to Amazon...

This way, it gets published immediately, I get 70% royalties, and - with the recent success of books like 'Beautiful Disaster' I know that amazing things can come from self-publishing. Admittedly, I think my goal is 100 sales... 

All I need to do now is give the manuscript a final read through and create a cover...