I’ve been doing some thinking about my novel, Chaos Wolf. After several rejections, I’ve had several people look over the query and the manuscript. And while they all agree that I have written a good book, I may not have written a marketable-by-the-Big-5-publishers book. That leaves me with a several options.
- I can keep querying agents.
- Keep sending into slush piles focusing on medium to small press.
- I trunk the novel and wait for a change in the market.
I’ve been turning the options over in my head, talked to several people and came to the conclusions that I should self-publish it. Why did I choose that option?
For 1, if it’s not sellable in this market, there’s no point in querying it.
For 2, for the most part, I haven’t seen any benefits to small press publishing that I won’t get from self-publishing.
For 3, Chaos Wolf is first of a series that I have planned out, so trunking it would cut out a substantial chunk of the stories I want to tell.
For 4, it’s a lot of work that I will have to do. But if I want it out soon*, it’s my best option, plus I will not be in the situation where books 1 and 2 are picked up, while book 3, 4, and 5 are not.
Now that I have a direction to head in, a weight has lifted off my shoulders. I’m making a list of everything I have to do – hire an editor, hire cover an artist, figure out what I need to have set up ahead of time before I hit the publish button. Right now I’m figuring out my new timeline. So watch this space for future announcements.
*For values of soon that include about a one year period.