MAKING THE CUT: FOR THE RED SHIRT WRITER
BY JR GRAHAM
I would recommend getting a copy of the “writer’s market, or poet’s market” ( for your interests) Both these titles have a legitimate source listing of both publishers and Lit agents; its a must have for the shelf of any writer. Sources through the internet, can be misleading and lack information, such as royalties, and so forth. If i chose to live and die by the proverbial sword, this reference would be my ultimate weapon.
I am an Indie Author myself, with the exception of the Journals i work for and a few poems. If one chooses a path through the market, most author’s suffer the fate of rejection, and I’ve seen many author’s first hand get denied for over 20 yrs; that being said, I chose the route of ind. marketing, for my own novels, because they were my first works, and I just wanted my proverbial ship to cast off, and see where the current dragged it. You can use pub/ such as create space (print ed via Amazon), Smashwords, or even try book hub (a la carte publisher, who will exp your dist further, for limited packaging fees). Costs will be limited to your book cover design (I use shutterstock, dreamstime, istock, and adobe for design) and the cost of editing, which can fill the majority of your expenses. If you already possess the skills of an editor, or know someone who is an editor, consider yourself the luckiest leprechaun this side of the rainbow. But keep in mind, the small and mischievous sprite that saves the color green, must not overlook the fact that a writer can never edit his own work…Four eyes are better than two; tri-focals are better than bi-focals…well…you get the idea.
The market is the better path to success vs Indie, i believe, because they cover your expenses, and provide a better platform for expanded distribution. Keep in mind, through the Indie route, you will have to quarterback your own marketing strategy for getting your work through the masses and into the spotlight. And at times, this can seem like sipping tree bark sap through a wooden straw, or as much work as writing the novel.
~best of luck, dear writers and word wizard-cave dwellers…
Keep your pen on the pad,
Your flint on the flint stone!