I’m working very hard on finishing book 2 of the Hearts trilogy, so excuse the lack of science posts. This series is fantasy, so I don’t have much reason to search for interesting science material. I read it, anyway, but not in a way that forms the basis for a coherent blog post, but that aside.
Also aside, you may like to read the interview I did on Jodi Cleghorn’s blog. Jodi is a great editor/publisher in Brisbane, and she recently won the Aurealis Award for her cumulative work.
OK, so, self-publishing.
When it becomes apparent that I have self-published some work, some fellow authors automatically assume that OMG, yes, I soooo agree that big publishing reallllyyy sucks and that they’re eeeeebil and out to get you, and they’ll screw you sideways if they get half a chance, and we must all be warriors for the independent soul–
Meh. Seriously. Why should I think that? In my bio, you can see that I’ve published traditionally, and will continue to do so. There are enormous advantages to having your work published in well-regarded venues or by known publishers.
I have self-published two of the five novels I’ve written. Another will go up soon. That leaves a number of works still on the traditional market, including some novels not quite finished but approaching readiness. The novels I’ve self-published are available as ebooks because: 1. I think it’s fun, 2. I think they suit the ebook market better than the other novels, 3. Mainly because I think having stuff out there is fun, and I have other material that I will continue to send to publishers, as I will with most of my short stories. Yes, I know I have repeated myself here. I just wanted to make the point that it’s got to be fun, and there’s no point doing it otherwise.
I don’t hate big publishing. I don’t think they’re evil. I can’t see why the need for the division between doing one or the other. The only thing I’m saying about having those novels out there is that I want to keep the e-rights to those books. If someone (anyone I trust, any business size) comes along and wants the print rights, fine.
Why lock yourself out of half of the possibilities to make a sale?