Good Evening Followers and Fellow Bloggers!
Now that I have completed my first novel, I find myself wondering about publishing. After several rounds of arguments with myself, I have landed on self publishing, primarily because I don’t want to compromise my style or the content of my work in order to appease a publishing company. I know that this may come off as snobbish or rub some of you the wrong way, but I find that staying true to my original ideas would make me much happier than being told I need more or less of something that I didn’t intend on having. After all, this work I have created is mine, its my version of self expression and if I change it, then it is no longer mine. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against traditional publishing, I just believe that going about that rout, for me, would prove fruitless, and as someone who is a type A personality, the idea of giving the rights of my work to someone else bothers me. After doing some extensive research on self publishing, and talking to a few of my friends who have independently published their work, I found that this is likely the rout that would make me the most happy.
I have begun the editing process of my work and found someone to create a beautiful cover for me. As the idea of publishing becomes more and more real to me I am beginning to get anxious…will people actually like what I have to say? Will people hate my unique style? In the end, I have decided that I am writing for myself. If people don’t like my style or what I have to say, so what. I still accomplished one of the things that I have wanted to do for my entire life.
For those of you who are in a similar place as me, and wondering what to do with this piece of self expression that you have just created, I suggest doing extensive research on all of the publishing possibilities. Just because self publishing is right for me does not, by any means, mean that it’s right for everyone. I would suggest starting with Kate Colby’s well written and thorough posts about the different publishing styles. Although I had already done a lot of research before I stumbled upon her posts, I found them extremely helpful and unbiased.