Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Publishing Dreams

I stole some of this post from my dream diary, but it's writing related so I think it's ok. I've been pretty torn lately about traditional pusblishing vs epublishing. Both sides have benefits and their own sets of problems. I love the idea of the total freedom you get with epublishing and the fact that it only takes hours to get a finished product into the hands of readers, but I'm terrified about having to market a book by myself. On the flip side I think the idea of having a team of professionals behind you would be amazing but the slow pace (and low commision rate) of traditional publishing is pretty frustrating. Not to mention that it's near impossible to get your foot in the door with the big houses. But a dream I had helped guide me a bit.

Last night I dreamed I recieved an e-mail (exciting, I know.) from a beta reader that's reading my WIP. In the e-mail she asked me what I planned to do with the novel when I'm finished and how I was going to market it. The dream helped me because I've been trying to figure out that question for awhile now.

 Originally I planned on submitting it to agents with the hopes of getting a publisher interested. But the market has been changing. Most publishers won't touch my topic right now (there are vampires in it) and I'm worried that no matter how hard I work it won't be enough. But the dream made me realize that epublishing is going to feel like accepting defeat. Like I gave up. I know now that I at least have to try and find an agent. Maybe I won't be sucsessful. I may fail. I may have to go with e-publishing, but at least I'll know I tried my hardest to find my book a home. And that's something I can live with.

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