So I’ve decided to publish my novel on my own.
I’ve been obsessing about this for month, and here’s how I decided.
Basically, I did research.
When I first realized my dark, erotic short story was turning into a dark, erotic novel, I had visions of getting an agent and having someone talk to me for hours about minute characterization details and then tell me I’m brilliant and write me a check for a bazillion dollars so I could write the sequel from the deck of my yacht in the Bahamas.
But it turns out traditional publishing is more like, “Here’s $1,000, some of which you may have to pay back if your book doesn’t sell, and we’re putting a shirtless beefcake on your cover, even though Loki isn’t a beefcake and is rarely shirtless.”
Whereas, if I publish independently, I get…
COMPLETE CREATIVE CONTROL!
That’s right – I’m a control freak.
My spice rack is alphabetized. My books are organized by genre, and then alphabetically by author’s last name. And I agonized about whether or not I should make a separate section for biographies.
Note: I didn’t. Empire of the Summer Moon is shelved with the rest of the nonfiction.
And yes, I might make marginally more money if I indy publish. But let’s be honest – if you’re writing a novel to make money, you’re probably writing a novel for the wrong reasons.
The real appeal is the control.
This novel is my baby. My dark, erotic baby. (Side note: Dark, Erotic Baby would be a great name for a band.) And I like the idea that I’ll get to choose the cover, I’ll choose the price, and I’ll decide when, where, and how to pitch it.
I get all this because I’ll have to pay for it.
I’m going to shell out for a sweet book cover (I’m estimating about $500 for the cover and some formatting help to make it look all shiny). And I’m going to buy an ISBN number ($125) so I can call my local library and request 250 copies of my novel.
And if I trip over $1,000 in the middle of the street this afternoon, then hey, I’ll hire an editor, too.
Anyway. I’m going to indy published because A) I want total control, and B) I don’t mind spending some money on my project.
That’s the plan. Now, back to editing!