Welcome! I’m glad you found your way to my blog. My goal is to write something at least twice a week pertaining to the writing life. To start things off, let me share a little of what I’ve learned about forming your own publishing company. While the experience was at once exhilarating and scary, it was also sobering.
Why sobering? When I first started kicking around the idea of becoming a publisher, I thought only about the immediate benefits I could receive, such as not having to answer to anyone about the editorial choices I made, or not having to wait two or three years before my book saw the light of day. Well, that may be true and all. But two or three years is nothing compared to how long it took me to write the short stories that actually make up my book. That’s a story for another blog post. Anyway, after spending a significant amount of time writing the stories, the last thing I wanted to do was wait, and wait, and wait some more to find an agent, then for the agent to pitch the story to an editor at the publishing company, then for the editor to pitch the story to whomever, and so on. You get the picture.
I write because I like to tell stories–on paper, that is! I could have gone on forever telling my made-up stories to my family and friends, but I wanted a wider audience (though I didn’t know it at the time). So the idea of having my words sitting around collecting more dust, just wasn’t appealing. I wanted to get my words into the hands of as many people who wanted to read them. Enter the idea of starting my own publishing company. I must warn you. If you’re the type of person who enjoys writing–and only writing–then self publishing is definitely not for you. Keep in mind that as a self publisher you’re responsible for 100 per cent of the marketing of your book. You’re also responsible for finding a printer, editor, graphic designer, purchasing your own ISBN, and everything else that has to do with your book and its success. Definitely a learning experience!
Next blog: Publishing in Steps