I’ve been writing fiction for other people since junior high… I still have the first thing I ever “published”. After kicking the shit outta cancer, I decided to get as serious as I could get while still supporting a family – it took me ~8 years to finish Eden from my gathered notes and crap from before I got sick.
Eden has gone through about 8 major revisions / re-writes. A large circle of friends and family have read it and given me feedback. About a dozen literary agents have turned it down. I still believe in it.
(one agent actually read my first 3 chapters and said: “It’s good, close to great… but not great”)
So, fuck it — I’m just gonna do it. I know I can tell a story better than about half of the writers I’ve read in the fantasy space. Full steam ahead!
Lulu.com offers self-publishing services, and many reputable authors publish thru their service. The goal is to have Eden listed on Amazon, iBooks, and many more places – in both eBook and trade paperback formats. I’m not expecting to change my zip code, but I’ve spent enough of my life talking about all the things I want to do… now’s the time to actually start doing them.
The book is done, so the hard part is over. I am begging one of my friends to be my editor. Artwork is on the way. Another good friend of mine is creating a trailer/promo video for me. I’m confident I can get a spot in some local bookstores (they usually have a “local writers” section). Book signings shouldn’t be too difficult to organize (bookstores *love* an excuse to get people in the door).
Yup, that’s it – I’m going for it.
There is a downside to this… by going this route, I will most likely ruin the chance of Eden ever getting picked-up by a major publisher. Agents won’t typically work with a previously-published novel. Well, I can live with that. It was unlikely anyway, and I already gave it a shot. Time to stop worrying about the “what ifs” and start focusing on the “what ares!” (though not for story generation – “what if” is still my best friend)
What the frak is Eden? I’m glad you asked… stay tuned for the video trailer in the upcoming weeks!