omething that has an unpredictable outcome – crapshoot is in my vocabulary again. Early in 2012, I signed a contract to have my novel An Odyssey of Illusions published by Black Rose Writers . I had great expectations but never for its being on anyone’s best seller list. I believed that the cover alone would attract readers at any bookstore.
I thought Black Rose Writers was a real publisher until two experiences led me to believe that the book fell into the self-published category. When Several bookstores I contacted told me that they did not purchase and shelve self-published books unless there was a real potential for resale my beliefs were confirmed. They may have sold the gift copies I sent to them, but I have no confirmation of that.
Real statistics on self-published novels are difficult to analyze and even more difficult to find. One alleged statistic caught my attention a number of years ago. It would be easier to remember the exact data if I could remember by whom it was said or in what it was written.
What I read or heard went something like this: Statistically, self-published authors sell an average of eight more copies than they self-purchase to give to friends and family.
Would I do a for fee publication again? No!
If you’ve read any of my recent blogs, you’d know I’ve done no fee self-publishing through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. Now I’m faced with a dilemma and believe my next effort will be a crapshoot. I’ve made significant changes to what was An Odyssey of Illusions and have retitled it Iniquities of the Fathers.
The search for a ‘real’ publisher started last year and I was encouraged by a publisher via e-mail for six months. After that I quired some agents but got no replies. I found some publishers that had published similar work but did not take over-the-transom (unsolicited) submissions. One publisher suggested an alternate route for submission – if you guessed a fee was involved, you’d be right.
Well, I’ve taken a crapshoot and sent the manuscript to two publishers that weren’t specific about taking only agented work. Based on their web sites, I’ll be waiting as long as 30 days before acknowledgement of receipt.
elf publishing is still an option, but I’d really like it to appear on shelves as a hardback for those who still like to browse a bookstore or Library.