The holidays are rolling in, and soon it will be a new year. I have sold two stories and have my eyes set on many more places for the year to come. I am also happy to write reviews for a horror magazine--I am partially doing it to challenge myself to read a lot more than what I was doing. It is so important to read when you are a writer, and I am finding this out more and more with each book I finish.
I have been thinking about putting a novel out on Amazon, just to test the waters. From what I've been hearing, it's actually not like shooting yourself in the foot--in terms of getting "traditionally" published after going it on your own; you can actually garner attention from a publisher if you do well. Plus there's the thing about your first novel never being the break-through--though, I think we're at the point where we know anything is possible. Your break-through could be the first one. You never know until you give it a shot. Plus, there are a few things that look appealing with publishing with Amazon. For one, you can set your own price and make more, plus you can connect with your audience quicker. There is also the fact you make more, too.
If you make sure you do your quality control, make sure you edit the best you can, you should have a good shot with it.
Then there's the thing where lets say you do really well with the novel on amazon. Well, the publishing houses can still take even that and do something with it, pushing it out to far more people than you may be able to with social media and other methods.
Now I just have to find out from Amazon if you retain all your rights to do something like that. For instance, I put out a novel on Amazon, do they have the rights? Or do I, upon securing a contract with a publishing house, have the rights to sign that same story with a big time publishing house.
Of course there's the fact that a publishing house would professionally edit your story for redistribution. And then they'd want more material, so, lets say, six months (or sooner) they'd be able to push out your next full-length tale. I have a lot of research to do, as this information isn't readily available in one spot.
There is so many possibilities that must be looked into, and it's extremely difficult to do all these things and keep a day job. On top of that, Twitter can become a full-time thing, ripping you away from getting down to business and writing. Because on top of it all, you HAVE to write, and that's what this is all about. There's the other side of that dilemma, though, where Twitter sometimes actually pushes me to write. So it does go both ways.
This blog is still just sort of a personal journal of sorts, but if anyone is reading out there, comment on what your goals are for this New Year.