Okay. Here’s the deal.
This weekend, I read a couple of articles on http://scribd.com the future of the publishing world: http://www.ereads. com/labels/ Scribd.html and http://www.opendemo cracy.net/ article/email/ book-futures. They struck a chord.
A few years ago, I told my husband I thought bookstores would one day carry electronic readers, preloaded with your favorite author’s work, that paper books would become mostly for collectors. He nodded, smiled, I explained further about how this was why I looked to epublishers first for my big break into publication.
Back to the articles. After reading them, my brain began buzzing with ideas. How exciting this could be for all writers! And how much sense it made. What if I published my recently completed manuscript, PlayFling, with Scribd, maybe even Amazon Kindle, too, all the while retaining my own rights, and then simultaneously shopped for an agent? What if I exposed the whole process so others could make a similar decision for themselves, but with an honest picture of what to expect?
Of course, loads of questions and fears took hold of me.
What respectable author would do such a thing? Wouldn’t this be tantamount to vanity, albeit free, self publishing? What happens with promo? Would it kill my chances of making it big? Improve them?
In the end, I decided, what is there really to lose? One manuscript of the many I will write. Right? No one to blame for it’s success or failure but me. What a project. What an adventure!
So, here we are, you and me, from the beginning, exploring every step, every fear, every ridicule and compliment. Can an author make it out there on her own?
Fate , love and complications