Hello world, indeed

This is the culmination of many years of dreaming about having my very own book published and writing my very own blog on my very own author web site. And it feels awesome!

Let me set something straight right away: I’m not published in the traditional sense where you get an agent who, rather than give you your 398th rejection slip, actually falls in love with your book, and said agent gets a publisher on board, and said publisher pays you an advance and sets you up on a whirlwind book tour, etc. I have none of that. Well, I do have three rejection slips. That makes me a real writer, right?

Anyway, I self-published “To Finish the Dance” and plan on doing the same with my next novel. Self-e-published, to be exact. This consisted simply of uploading my digital file to Amazon and other sites and waiting a couple of days for it to be approved and put online. In e-publishing, the publishing is the easy part.

Of course, there is debate raging all across the Internet in the writing and publishing community about whether ebooks will be the death of print books, whether writers who self-publish are truly “authors,” and whether all of this is a good thing or a bad thing for the end consumer, the average reader.

Frankly, while I follow the discussions with interest, I’m not interested in jumping into the fray other than to assert my belief that neither side is all good or all bad. Both avenues of publishing have advantages and disadvantages for the writer who wants to see her work “in print,” whether that’s old-fashioned print or on the screen of an e-reader. Each writer has to choose her own path, and I don’t believe she should be castigated for her decision.

Personally, I chose to self-publish because I’m a control freak; I have the skills to design, format, and market an ebook; and I am incredibly impatient. While the instant gratification of self-e-publishing can be a negative thing if it’s pursued without doing the hard work first (you know, actually writing the book and then rewriting it to within an inch of its life), it appeals to me, so I’m going for it.

I am under no illusion that I will sell thousands of copies of my book(s) and become the next Amanda Hocking or John Locke. That’s another reason self-publishing was a viable option for me; I’m not suffering from expectations that have no hope of fulfillment. Those who self-publish with the idea that they’re going to be the next Kindillionaire are in for a serious reality check. But I know there is an audience out there for me somewhere. It might be small, and that’s okay. Writing makes me happy and that’s enough.

Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. For the time being.

In any case, I look forward to sharing my thoughts about writing and publishing and life in general on this blog, probably on an irregular basis because I do try to have a life outside of writing. It’s tough because life is always handing me another experience that begs to be captured with words. But I’ll keep trying. :)

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Lindsay B December 2, 2011 at 1:26 am

Hi hope things are going well with the first book, Serena. It looks like you do indeed have good reviews so far. :) How did NaNoWriMo end up going for you?


Serena December 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Thanks, Lindsay! It went well – I was kind of surprised because we had a couple other things going on, but I finished on the 28th. I definitely plan on doing it again. Did you NaNo? (I apologize if I should know that already, LOL. I have a hard time keeping track of everyone I know online.)


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