The fabulous Jolene stops in again to talk about the publishing world! I know it's one of our favorite topics, so here she is!!!!
THANK YOU JEN FOR TURNING YOUR BLOG OVER FOR A DAY!!
Normally I’m HERE.
So, I’ve been on Unedited before, and I talked about publishing, and then I asked to come back to…well, talk about publishing…
So, I hate to admit this, but I used to be very anti-self-publish. Very.
I’d read (or half read) some really bad books, and then I read a bunch of awesome ones in a row –
Grounding Quinn by Steph Campbell
Loving Emily by Anne Pfeffer
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Because of Low by Abbi Glines
And just recently – What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
(Yes, I write YA and therefore am a YA junkie)
I’ve become crit partners with both Steph and Nyrae after reading their books, and then Steph and I decided to write one together (I love collabs by the way – if you want to really stretch yourself as a writer, they’re a great way to do it).
When Steph and I finished our book, we had two choices:
1. Turn it over to my agent
2. Self publish
With my agent having three books on sub, I’m at a standstill until I either strike out, or get an offer on something. So, Steph and I were looking at 3-6 months before we could put the book on submission to editors, and then 3-8 months (yes, I have a book that’s been on submission for eight months – the first one that went out) for our book to be on sub, and then most pub houses are out 18-24 months before a publication date…
You can see where this is going.
Why self-publishing has been my favorite mode of publishing so far:
1. I’m not a patient person.
2. I write fast and have projects stacking up
3. We’ve done everything OUR way on OUR schedule.
It’s been the most relaxing, fun way to publish that I can imagine. Is it the only way I’m going to publish?
Am I going to do it again?
Funny thing… once we finished our joint project, I picked out a few others that I’ve had tucked away. It’s addictive (like querying was when I was at that stage) and now I’m thinking I’ll move forward with a few more…
I’m always curious how people feel on self-publishing. For it? Against it? Not for it? For it all the way?
Just curious where y’all stand :-D