Remember this blog regarding my take on Smashwords? Well, it’s official. I’m in. I’m going to self-publish BITTERSWEET, my paranormal YA.
This book received a bunch of requests for partials and fulls, but it was still a no even after I made revisions. Don’t get me wrong. I received rejections that made me believe agents really read the book and cared enough to give me personal attention. That’s huge! Those are the kind of rejections I love. But in the end, it was a no-go. For the longest time, I thought–and continue to think–that I might have something here.
So rather than put BITTERSWEET under my electronic bed and forget about it, I’m going to put it out there on my own and see what happens. Everyone I’ve contacted and have gone this route before me have been extremely helpful with giving me hints and pointers to make this happen. Ideally, I’d like to release ebook and print at the same time, but I’m not sure if that makes financial sense. Right now, I’m shooting for a March 2011 release, but, we’ll see. I still have some editing to do and I need to hit up some more beta readers. Whatever they find means there will be at least another round to do, and I am so game. 🙂
I’ve also been in touch with cover artists for pricing and my next stop is to either do the Smashwords ebook formatting myself or hand that off to someone else. I’d rather do it myself, since I want to do it for future books. However, I also want it done right. I’ll have to dive into Smashwords’ Style Guide again and see if this is an undertaking I have time to do. Then, there’s the print layout to design, which I hear is a pain. So much to do and so little time. Wait a sec, I’m on Marcia Time with this. How cool is that? It doesn’t mean I’ll take my time, but it’s nice to have the pressure off. 😉
Oh, and book two in my Bittersweet series will be called SILENT SCREAM. I’m still in the plotting phase with this book, so it’ll be a while before this one gets out there.
Man, am I excited about this new venture! 🙂