Well, last winner never contacted us so Jamie I choose you! Congrats!
Alright guys, think I'm starting a pattern. An author to guest post once a month along with a goodie. Today's guest is Megg Jensen and she's here to tell her journey into the self publishing world. And as a prize for commenting, one luck person will have their pick: ebook or paperback of her debut novel Anathema. Oh yeah, before I forget (because I have) contest will be open to comments until February 28th. Enjoy!
Magic. Lies. Manipulation
Reychel is a slave girl sheltered from the outside world with no hope for escape. The night before her dreaded fifteenth birthday, her best friend disappears, leaving her to face her branding ceremony - when her master’s sigil is burned on the back of her bald scalp – alone. She soon discovers nothing is as it seems when people desperate for freedom beg for her help.
Can Reychel learn to believe in herself in time?
Thanks for telling your story Megg and now, without further ado:
Why did I decide to go indie? You might be surprised to know that I didn't exhaust all of my options for traditional publishing. In fact, I withdrew my manuscript from the consideration of two agents to go independent.
Think I'm crazy?
Let me tell you why not.
Let's rewind to November of 2010, I'd been submitting to literary agents for nearly a year. My first novel had gone through all of the agents I wanted. I'd had quite a few fulls requested, but most ended with the same rejection - "It's not your writing, it's the market." The book didn't fit in. While querying I wrote another novel. I felt this one was even better than the last. I sent it off to the same agents, many of whom had requested I send my next book to them the second it was ready. Guess what? Even more full requests, which eventually meant more rejections. But these rejections were encouraging. I knew I just had to fine "the one."
By November, my awesome friend Karly Kirkpatrick had decided to self-pub her book Into the Shadows. She urged me to join her in e-pubbing, but I wasn't ready. I was still convinced I would find an agent. I was still convinced that was the best way to pursue publishing. But on December 28th, I read a blog post by J.A. Konrath that changed my publishing life.
You Should Self-Publish laid it all out - the numbers of publishing and the fact that self-pubbing was becoming legit. In some cases, it was more successful than traditional publishing. People were making some serious money and the exposure was sometimes greater than traditionally pubbed authors.
My head spun and I talked my husband's ears off. On January 3rd, I withdrew my manuscript from agent consideration. Yes, I actually emailed a few agents who had requested my full and told them I was no longer interested in representation. I got in touch with Karly. She squeed. I squeed.
I have not looked back. I have not regretted my decision. In fact, I've never been so excited about my career.
Is self-pubbing for everyone? Probably not. But I don't think anyone should discount it as a viable option ever again.