Let’s face it. Right now, DIY has snuck into all parts of life like never before in modern times. I mean, even back less than 100 years, people were a lot handier, a lot savvier, and a lot more caring of their properties etc. For example: TVs lasted a lifetime, unlike the TVs of today whose maximum lifetime is admittedly no more than a decade, that is if their digital-ness doesn’t get all glitchy any earlier. Heck, how quickly does our most used device last, the cell phones? Two years, before either software update or the electronic itself kaputts itself?
People are renovating houses, to clothes. Vintage has come back, that’s for sure, and with that, the do-it-yourself attitude. However there is a new wave of DIY in writing/publishing world that wasn’t very prominent in till now. The self-publishing sector has expanded exponentially in just a handful of days. Not that I’m complaining, because let’s face it, I’ve gone down that scary path to publish my own novel.
The problem with it is, was however, the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. I mean, writing is one thing, but publishing is a whole different ball game. There was a reason the tough world of publishing was so compartmentalized till recent years: writing, editing, acquiring, layout, cover design, marketing, printing and distribution. That’s at least 8 separate departments I can count, and I’m sure there are more I’m ill aware of. Try handling all 8 departments when you’ve only ever handled department 1. Tough. Very tough. But with help of Amazon and other printing presses, along with many self-publishing help books, ebooks, blogs etc, self-publishing nowadays is the word. Helping many, many authors realize their dream of publishing, including myself. I just wish there was some way of marketing and distribution coming easier to me. Alas, I struggle in those departments.
These fields for years have had people who specialized in them. It’s mind boggling that these hats are so important to self-published author from being discovered by even one reader. It’s an enigma I tell you. At least to me.
It’s been a tough ride, and I’m honestly considering whether I should DIY my next novel or try traditional route, either of which is a big if. Either way, I just wish to thank everyone who have supported me by getting behind my novel, In Strange Company, and helping my dream with one book at a time.
I haven’t come any closer to deciding what to do with my second novel. I’m sure I’ll be tossing the idea to self-publish ‘Rule of Thirds’ or wade the waters of traditional publishing houses, waiting on the otherwise of their motes for quite some time yet! Lol
Help me decide please. Would any one love to read the few chapters I’ve put up and give me an honest opinion in whether I should even try publishers? Your feedback will make or break my decision.
Here’s a link you can use for collated chapters: http://www.tablo.io/evacharya/rule-of-thirds
Thank you kindly! 🙂 happy reading.
I’ll be waiting, biting my nails figuratively.