If you’re familiar with either of my two previous books, The Trouble With Being God or Starving the Artist, you probably know that I started out as a self-published author. This time around, however, I’m looking to go the more traditional route. As such, I’ve started querying a few agents to get the ball rolling.
Of course, a lot of people are wondering why I’m not self-publishing this time around. My reasoning is pretty clear: I want to put out a better end product. There’s only so far I can get with finding beta readers and hiring editors and working and reworking my book. And in the end, even if I end up with a fantastic final self-published book, distribution and marketing are still all up to me as well.
Yes, I know that publishers expect you to also promote yourself, and that is fine with me. But I’d much rather give a shot at the traditional route, release something very solid, and have partners working with me the whole way through.
It’s a tedious process, to be sure. And who knows if I’ll even find someone – although I do think that it’s basically a matter of finding the right person at the right time. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot more along the way here, but it will be an interesting journey.
Right now I’m preparing for the rejection letters (or completely lack of response). But I’m also hopeful and positive. It’s going to take a lot of patience on my part – but in the end I strongly believe it will be worth it.
… and yes, I also know that just having an agent doesn’t guarantee publication by an existing publishing house. It does make it a heck of a lot more likely though.