Monday, 9 October 2017

On Self Publishing

Awesome sketch by Elartwyne Estole.
Looking at the traditional publishing market what I see an industry that won't provide me with what I want in the time that I want it.  In the five years since I started writing fiction the changes have been enormous, and I'm old enough to realize that I've made a load of mistakes and can't waste any more time.

But now I want to use that learning and turn things around.

My first novel Bad Dog is a fully edited, and my plan now is to self-publish, because what do I have to lose?  By self-publishing my novel I hope I will learn more by its reception than waiting for a traditional publisher to buy my novel and the waiting for them to publish it.  Small and agile seems to me to be the way to go.

As you can see I've commissioned an artist, Elartwyne Estole, to do a cover for me, and the picture above is his concept sketch.  Isn't it awesome.  Wow, so excited.

Target date for being published January 2018.

My second novel, Strike Dog, is full of typos, homonyms, poor punctuation etc, etc, but I need to find out if the story is understandable.  So a friend, who is a journalist, is reading it now to check it out.  Afterwards I will send it for copy-editing so I can publish it.

Planned publishing date April 2018.

My third novel, Ghost Dog, having been through a round with Beta readers has been revised.  But, I'm having to reappraise how I work because using Beta readers takes time. Time I can't afford if I want to kick-start my writing career, and get out of the rut I've found myself in over the last few years.

Planned publishing date July 2018. 

So, I'm living through an interesting time of my life.  Wish me luck.

8 comments:

  1. I have money waiting 🤑Now I just need a novel to spend it on 😁

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    1. Cheers for the support. So excited too.

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  2. Fantastic news Ashley, and many congratulations for taking this bold step. Now the hard work starts! The cover idea looks great. ��

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    1. Glad you approve, it was a big step to make, but better to regret the things you've done than live with the regrets of things you haven't.

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  3. I will buy this book. Battletech fanatics gotta stick together!

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  4. I look forward to seeing your book come out so I can read it...

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    1. Cheers, though it sounds funny, me too.

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