I HAVEN’T GOT this far yet. But I have completed a manuscript and edited it twice. Next step is to print it off, make corrections and then have a beta reader (or two) go over it to catch anything I missed. I even have a second book nearly finished, which a lot of literary agents and publishers like to see.
As you’ll maybe know from a previous post, I am weighing up the option of going solo and self-publishing or going the traditional route, getting an agent and hopefully a book deal. Both routes have their challenges, but with a self-published book, if somehow the book is a success, I would make more money and pocket a bigger percentage of sales.
Of course if a publisher actually cares about the book, they might be able to promote the book and make it far more visible than I ever could on my own.
Here’s the crux of it. IF I get a book deal, in the best case scenario I’d be doing book promos at shops and events. That is a bit of a nightmare for me. I’d love to do them, but the other half of me hates that aspect, and makes me think that self-publishing is ideal for my personality. Speaking to lots of people isn’t as terrifying as it would have been in my teenage years, but it isn’t something I’d relish doing.
Self-publish or publisher? Hmmm.