To say I’m happy to see 2012 in my rearview mirror would be an understatement. With aging parents and spirited teenagers, the past twelve months have been challenging. Most days I wandered around aimlessly without the heart to accomplish more than simple household chores. A new beginning couldn’t come at a better time for me. My desk is organized, my inbox is empty, my children are back in school, and my list of resolutions is posted on my bulletin board. I am committed to being a better parent and taking better care of my body. But at the top of my list of goals for 2013 is to self-publish my novel.
Saving Ben is polished and edited. I have received standard rejection e-mails from all twelve of the literary agents I queried. I don’t blame the literary agents. They receive hundreds of queries every week and only contract with one or two new clients every year. I doubt even Hemingway could have competed in that environment. And you don’t need to say it. I’ve heard all the stories about writers who finally connect with their agent on their 75th query. This route just isn’t for me. The more disenchanted I become with traditional publishing, the more intrigued I am by the evolving world of self-publishing. Intimidated? Yes. But I’ve never shied away from a challenge in my life.
I hope you’ll join me on my journey as I explore options for distribution, tackle formatting issues, and take on social media for promotion.