I wrote a book. A novel, to be more specific.
It’s really exciting! Or it was… when I finished it. Last year. Since then, it’s been less exciting and more a test of patience and endurance. Query letters, sample chapters, short synopses, long synopses. The occasional request for the full manuscript.
Between form letters, the literary agents who have responded have been kind and encouraging, yet that hasn’t led to any actual offers. I understand. They are flooded with submissions, it’s risky to take a chance on an unknown writer, and they don’t know me.
Several months ago, I gave up. No more queries to agents. I simply put my finished book aside and went on to writing my next book. But I still love my first book and I don’t want to leave it sitting on my laptop, unread. Especially, when I have other options.
So I’m moving on to Plan B: self-publishing.
To agents, I’m an unknown writer. But I know my writing, and I’m willing to take a chance on it.
After researching the options, my game plan is coming together. Today’s step is this post, publicly announcing my plan to publish. It feels like a big step.
Over the next few weeks, as I finish one final round of proofreading and pull everything together, I’ll be posting updates and thoughts about the self-publishing process. Before the end of September, I plan to have my book for sale online.
I’m so very grateful to my friends and family who have helped me get to this point. From reading my early drafts to offering advice and encouragement, every bit of support has meant the world to me.
Stay tuned… and we’ll see how this adventure plays out together!
*Update: The Insistence of Memory is now available on Amazon.com!