I tried to teach a creative writing class about the publishing industry and what should have taken 45 minutes took three days. I asked the kids to do a quick Google search on “How to Get Published,” and guess what happened? Google led us all down the rocky road of traditional publishing vs. e-publishing vs. self-publishing. One simple internet search led to three days of confused and often heated discussion.
I can’t imagine what happens in board rooms and chat rooms. I don’t think I want to know.
My problem is that I have this pesky manuscript that is ready to be published (or so it tells me), and I have to enter the fray and make a choice. If you think the idea of sending out query letters is scary, go waltzing through all the new options for publishing. It’s enough to make me stuff the manuscript in a drawer and walk away.
So, what will I do?
As an unpublished author, the self-publishing side of the industry looks pretty amazing, until you see what exactly it entails, and how many authors already have failed to make money at it. It’s an industry in its infancy, and I’ve raised too many infants to trust it quite yet.
So, I’m going ahead with plan A. I will query agents and continue polishing my shiny not-so-new manuscript (I’ve let it age a little in that drawer I mentioned earlier). I’ll keep you posted, whoever you might be, and document my journey from unpublished to querying to whatever lies beyond.
For now, I need to go outline my newest novel and kill that blasted plot bunny.