I have never been able to give up on my book projects. Never! Every so often I dust off my old manuscripts, revise them, and submit them to publishers.
Recently, I sent two of my older rewritten novels to e-publishers. To my astonishment, both were accepted. I dutifully signed the contracts, glad to have such a validation.
One problem I encountered was I didn’t remember the storyline all that well, and when a reader asked me about the symbolic meaning I had in mind for my fantasy novel, Emily’s Shadow, I couldn’t remember. Ha ha. She did get me to thinking about what I’d written though, and why. I have since completed a sequel to this novel, but because I have matured as a writer, this story is quite different from what I’d originally planned. I haven’t looked at the draft yet, but hopefully it is better. Also, having a legitimate publisher, www.bloodmoonpublishing.com , gave me energy to work on this new project because they had already accepted it for their 2012 list.
My second book, Unexpected Journey, published by www.roguephoenixpress.com has been an exciting project because the editor, Christine Young, helped me turn this historical fiction novel into something far stronger. They also had an excellent copy-editor. If the novel is successful, and by this, I mean it gets some readers, then I may write a sequel.
I self-published a children’s novel, Champion, the Dream Horse, on Amazon. This was a fun thing to do and also empowering, but the question of whether or not it deserved to be published will always remain. I’d like to think I am an accomplished writer and my work is strong. While that may be true, I remember how often I have been blindly in love with my stories, and only after input from experts, have I seen the errors, and the ways to improve the work.
Whether you are an Indie or have an e-publisher, you will still have to find ways to market and promote your books. I like e-marketing but it is difficult, with so much competition from other Indies and e-book publishers, to establish a readership . For my children’s novel, Champion, I am going to try advertising to a targeted audience through Blaze Magazine.
Ultimately, writing is hard work, and I think it is better to go with a legitimate established publisher who will help shape and edit your novel as well as give you professional validation.
Buy my Books:
Unexpected Journey (www.roguephoenixpress.com): historical coming of age novel about a shaman, a rich girl and a street girl who end up in colonial Philadelphia.
Kindle edition: $5.99
Emily’s Shadow (www.bloodmoonpublishing.com): supernatural fantasy set in Cornwall, where Merlin made magic.
Kindle edition: $4.79
FREE: Misty, the London Pony, is based on a true story. An illustrated children’s story is available as a free PDF download.
Champion, the Dream Horse, about Mara Sue, who lives in Kentucky, is poor, but determined to own the horse of her dreams.
Kindle edition: $2.99