From the moment I realised that I didn't want this book to stay on my laptop, entertaining only me and a few others, I have been pondering the best way to get my work out there. All of the websites have advised me to get a following, to assess whether there is actually a market for what i'm trying to do. With these words I mind, I created this blog, my own facebook page (www.facebook.com/lostglory1987) and my own twitter account @Glorylost. It doesn't seem to be doing badly so far. Both my facebook and twitter following seems to be growing day by day, and some great people I know have shared my links to help spread the word.However the likes and follows are starting to slow now, so I feel like I'm getting to a crossroads.
The book is nearly finished (about another 5 chapters left now) and hopefully the final word count will end up about 65,000. I am planning to get a focus group of my target audience together to give me some honest and critical feedback, and I have a potential person to design my book cover for me. Once it is finished, I can also start doing some thorough and brutal editing. My lack of typing ability is making me particularly aware of typing errors, and with it being an extended work, I am eager to check things like character development/continuity/plot holes.
But even once that's done (and it will take a good few weeks once I'm back at work), where do I go from there? If I send it to a publisher, I risk the following: they will reject it outright and I will feel disheartened or it will disappear into a publishing black hole and I never see it again. But... in the unlikely event, an agent picks it up, it will also give me physical copies of my book, and support/advertising and all the things a writer needs to stand a chance. If I chicken out of that option, and self-publish, the advantages are clear to see. I will collect a 70% royalty share (if anything sells) and it is a way to get exposure so that a publisher can then pick you up. Writers such as Amanda Hocking have done it and made thousands, and more importantly, have established a writing career.
I feel like I have to try and get the book out there somehow, but at the moment, with the threat of my 'real job' looming, I need to work out the best route for me...
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