Well, I've been MIA for a while. I don't really have a good excuse aside from the fact that I've just had a LOT going on. Most of it is good stuff though, so that's a plus!
With that, I want to make the formal announcement: I'm going indie!
It's a choice I came to after MUCH research and time spent considering my different options. I will say, getting into the writerly mindset, I'd decided from the start that I'd pursue traditional publishing. Even now, the traditional route is fine and good for some. I just don't feel like it's the right fit for me right now. Call me controlling, but I favor the idea of calling the shots in what happens in my story. I'm willing to put in the extra time and effort to promote my work, and the traditional world is in a place of upheaval. Most authors don't break into the publishing world with clout and best-seller potential. It does happen, of course! There's always someone there to break the mold, so if that's YOUR dream, don't give up on it!!!
For me, it comes down to: What do I hope to accomplish with my writing? The answer, as simple as it is, proved a challenge for me. I researched the ins and outs of both traditional and indie publishing. I sought the advice and recommendations of others. In the end, it boiled down to me. My desire is to write novels...not query letters, not multiple versions and pages of a synopsis, but novels.
It dawned on me one day after reading a post from Amanda Hocking regarding "Indie vs Traditional" publishing. I highly recommend you check it out. It's informative in a way that doesn't read like a police report. ;) Anyway, it dawned on me after that... I don't want to spend (potentially) years trying to get published. Publishers are picking up less and less new authors for the simple fact they aren't often likely to take a chance on losing money. You can't really blame them when the publishing industry is in a state of change as it is now. That's a whole different post in and of itself though!
I've spent countless hours, days even, researching agents and publishers. I've searched innumerable databases for information on getting ahead and learning every piece of information I could on getting published. And I hated every second of it!!!
Like a magical though painful lighting bolt, inspiration struck me. "Hope, you're wasting so much time."
I don't *need* to be traditionally published. I'm a stay-at-home mom. We're blessed that I don't have work outside the house. Writing is for me in my (little) free time. So following the reasoning of the wunderkind, Amanda Hocking, I decided, "Why shouldn't I have books available while I write instead of waiting and working for something that's really no more than a shot in the dark?" (Please don't assume I haven't worked my butt off on my upcoming book!!! I finished the first draft around December of 2009. Not knowing what I was doing, it took me a while to find the right people to help me with editing and locate some really amazing beta readers and critique partners!)
I found some of the most amazing and knowledgeable folks on earth for support and assistance. HAVEN is coming along splendidly in some hardcore revision and editing (thanks, Chi ;), and we're looking at an early June release!!!
So, I have tons more to say about going indie, and I'll try to get to that ASAP. It really is a little known, though growing!, option for writers. There is a lot of misinformation out there that I fell victim to. I hope you all can research and make the right decisions for yourselves. Don't take anything at face value. Learn to make your own decisions and...