Friday, July 29, 2011

This Week in Writing

Don't forget, the blog tour is still going on. You can read all the exciting stuff here.

I've been busy this week, but not with writing. I edited stories for an anthology earlier this week. They weren't mine, they were other peoples. I got edits back for my religious zombie novella, so I've been working all week to get rid of my passive writing. That has been a chore. Stupid passive writing.

I got an email last Friday afternoon asking me to write an article for Serial Killer Magazine. This is the same company I wrote the articles for the 2010 calendar and several other articles for the magazine. I haven't done anything for them for a while because I've been busy with other stuff. I was surprised when he sent me an email. I hope to get to the project sometime next week.

No stories about my children today, but I wanted to share a blog post from Piers Anthony. In my post yesterday, I told you that I sometimes have self-confidence issues with my writing. Part of that stems from the fact that I don't have an agent and I'm not published by a major publishing house. Some people argue that you haven't really made it unless you are published the traditional way.

There are a lot of advantages to getting an agent and being published by a major house. But there are also a lot of advantages being published by an indie house. There is no love lost between Mr. Anthony and the major houses. He's been in wars with them over rights and payments. He is a huge advocate for self-publishing and indie houses. With the publishing model changing, sometimes a small publisher is more flexible in dealing with it. They definitely have a better idea of how to handle the epublishing revolution.

I don't want to go off on a tangent about who or what is better. I just want to point out that his post made me feel a lot better about the path I've chosen. I was in the same boat he was. As a horror/fantasy/sci fi writer, there are only so many agents who deal with my genre. I queried them all several different times to no avail. I branched out to some others, but still nothing. What am I supposed to do then? What options do I have?

Indie publishers were my last resort. At first, I felt like a failure, like I was settling. But as time goes on, I'm happy with my decision. Some would argue that I won't get the notoriety or make millions of dollars, but there's no guarantee an agent could get me that either. AND, there have been several self-published authors who have made millions and become best sellers, so never say never. People are reading my work, and that was exactly what I wanted in the first place. It doesn't matter who puts it out, just as long as it gets to the audience.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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