Progress Report, April 14

Good Morning Blog Friends,

I’m bored of constantly apologizing for not updating this blog enough every time I post, so this is going to be the last time I do so: I’m sorry and I’ll try to do better. Now, let’s move on.

The last couple weeks have been fairly eventful. I had a great conversation with publishing insider Will Shcwalbe that affected me more than the actual information exchange between us would warrant at first glance.

The topic that affected me the most was the two paths open to authors: traditional publishing and self-publishing.

Now, although I’d been ostensibly pursuing self-publishing for the last nine months or so, I’d also been feeling very discouraged about the number of copies my book had sold. Without giving it a fair shot I felt like I had already failed and that self-publishing wasn’t really a viable option. My conversation with Will not only convinced me that it is a viable option, but it gave me fresh incentive to pursue it: traditional publishers expect you to commit to a single genre to the exclusion of all others.

This makes sense. If they’re going to spend a lot of time and money building you as a brand in a genre, they don’t want to hear that you’ve suddenly decided to write something else. Again, perfectly valid, but the idea of writing in a single genre for the rest of my life makes me slightly ill when I think about it.

Right now, if I had to pick a genre, I would probably pick New Adult Urban Fiction, but that’s only because I am a new adult living just outside a city. A couple years ago I would have picked Young Adult Fantasy. As I grow and change, so to does my writing interests, and it’s important to me that I have the creative freedom to pursue those interests.

So, where does that leave me?

Figuring out ways to make self-publishing work, that’s where. It means redoubling my efforts at self-promotion, buckling down to finish the second edition of The Grey Heir, then getting The Exile and A Study in Cutlets out. It means biting the bullet and hiring professional editors and paying (at least a little) to market my work.

Take a deep breath because here we go, my friends.

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