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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group - August

It's that time of month again. Thanks to Alex at http:/www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com, we have this amazing community of writers supporting one another once a month through the IWSG.







I have sent out query letters to about a dozen small presses and received several responses so far. I'm not sure why I felt the need to query publishers rather than just self-publishing. Oftentimes there is a reason when I feel compelled to do something, and it's not always the obvious reason such as wanting to be traditionally published. It would be lovely if that happens, but truly, at my age, I think I just want the fruits of my six-years of labor on my novel to be out in the world. Self-publishing today is so different from when I published my memoir in 2009.

So, I'm contemplating cover art, back-cover copy, blurbs, endorsements, etc. and will probably make a decision some time in the next few weeks. This week I am spending time with my story. I haven't read it since I completed it a month or so ago. I'm hoping it will let me know what next steps to take with it.

Blessings,
Karen

31 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The right path will present itself to you.
We have a ton of self-publishing resources at the IWSG, plus a list of writer services from our members.

Mason Canyon said...

Sometimes you have to just listen to that voice that leads you to do or try something. Either way, your book is going to rock.

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, Alex, I'll check those out for sure.
Mason, you rock!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

There are so many resources available for self-publishing now, it might be the best way to go.

emaginette said...

I'm too lazy to publish a book on my own. I need the publisher behind me helping with edits, cover art, and marketing. Without them nothing would ever get done. :-)

Anna from Elements of Writing

Jacqui said...

It sounds like you and I are in the same spot. I'm sending to agents, though, rather than small presses. I'll give up on that in a few months!

Bish Denham said...

Here to getting a good strong bite that you can reel in!

Karen Walker said...

Yes Diane, it's much easier now than in 2009
Anna, it sure takes a huge commitment, that's for sure
Jacqui, yeah, I decided not to go for agents, since they usually only approach the big traditional publishers.
bish, thanks much

Madilyn Quinn said...

I've found rereading after setting it down for a while sometimes compels me to edit. Here's hoping that doesn't happen for you and you figure it all out!

Madilyn Quinn said...

I've found rereading after setting it down for a while sometimes compels me to edit. Here's hoping that doesn't happen for you and you figure it all out!

Arlee Bird said...

I agree with you about pursuing the traditional publishing route. Might as well give it a chance before doing the self-pub thing. I don't see how your tactic can hurt in anyway unless the rejection overly discourages you and who knows? You might just hit the jackpot by trying.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Sarah Foster said...

I think for some of us that desire to be traditionally published just won't go away. It's something that I would at least want to try, anyway. But sometimes self-publishing may be the better way to go. You probably know what's right for you.

Karen Walker said...

Madilyn, I am tweaking the manuscript yet again as we speak
Arlee, I'm okay either way at this point.
Sarah, I think that's true - the desire doesn't go away, but realism eventually sets in.

cleemckenzie said...

I think you often need validation by neutral experts. If someone takes the time to read and respond to your query, you feel as if you've written something of value. When your friends read it and love it, that's a different kind of of validation--important--but different.

Jacqui said...

I'm doing the same thing. This time, I won't go into a tail spin if no agent calls me back. I'm fortified with the knowledge that self-pub is a viable option.

Karen Walker said...

CL, I'm someone that has needed that external, objective validation in the past. At this point, I am building confidence in the story I've written and am getting more and more comfortable with putting it out in the world, however that turns out to be. Thanks
Jacqui, good for you.

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats on finally finishing that novel and knowing it's ready. Good luck with your queries!

(You should weigh the pros and cons of self-pubbing too, since too many publishers give a book a cursory edit, a stock cover, and zero marketing help. If you have to do all the marketing yourself, why not reap all the benefits?)

Denise Covey said...

Karen, I hope it works out to you. There are quite a few options I'm looking at myself. To be traditionally published it takes about 2-3 years and that's a long time to wait. Self publish and when it's a best seller, maybe a big time publisher will snap you up. Who knows?

Denise :-)

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I think the thing is...if you don't query, you'll never know if you could have sold it outright. I can totally understand your giving it a go. Hope everything goes well for you! Happy for you.

Karen Walker said...

Lexa, that makes a lot of sense to me, thank you
Denise, love that fantasy of yours!!
Elizabeth, that's the truth, I had to try. Thanks so much.

Loni Townsend said...

I hope one of those responses comes back positive, but if not, we'd be happy to help support your launch into the self-published world. :)

Nick Wilford said...

I'm sure it will become clear. I think a lot of people are trying small publishers as you have a bit more independence than the majors, but with edits and covers. Good luck with whatever you decide!

L.G. Smith said...

It's a fantastic time to be an author. Traditional, indy, small press, there are so many choices. It's no longer a one-size fits all world. And thank goodness. Personally, I love the idea of maintaining complete creative control.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Sounds like there is much to do in getting anything published these days. Hope it all works out for you. :)

Karen Walker said...

Loni, I am truly okay either way. As I wait, I am preparing to self-publish. Thanks for the offer to help if I do.
Nick, thanks for the good wishes
L.G. you're right. It is a much better time than back in 2009 when I finished my memoir.
Jeffrey, yes, it's a lot of work either way. Thanks.

Suzanne Furness said...

I hope reading through your story is helping you see the way forward. There are so many decisions to make but at least there are more options to choose for the publishing journey. I wish you lots of luck.

Jemi Fraser said...

That re-read will probably help settle your mind as to the next steps. It's always a good idea to take your time before you decide :)

Pearson Report said...

Hi Karen,

I like that you trust your work to speak to you. Listen and the answer will come.
Good luck with this part of your writing journey. Enjoy the process.

With smiles and hugs, Jenny xxoo

Pearson Report said...

PS… I forgot to add how much I like your new blog wardrobe.
Very inviting, and very soothing on the eyes.

Karen Walker said...

Suzanne,Jemi, reading thru the story got me very clear on the next steps. Thanks
Jenny, thanks, I'm glad you noticed and like it.

Nissa Annakindt said...

I think it's a good idea to query publishers even if you consider yourself an indie writer. It gives you a certain type of feedback. Besides, getting traditionally published can help sales of anything you self-publish.

I am hoping you the best with the new book.

Blessings,
Nissa
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