So that’s my big question right now.
I’ve completed my readthrough of Soul of the Scribe. I’m very happy with the way it ended. There’s still some room for improvements, but I’m going to do one final run through of Laura’s notes before I put into practice the old adage, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Otherwise, this story will never see the light of the day.
Now the question is…what do I do with it?
Agent: I love the idea of an agent. While it does cut into possible profits of a book, it frees me from the work of having to shop it around, stress, worry and generally freak out. I don’t have to hunt down publishers or send samples. That’s handled by the agent. And if you’re wondering, eventually, I would like to make some money off of this, but what I really want right now is a damn publishing credit. The goal isn’t money…it’s about seeing my name on the shelf of a bookstore. You might say it’s a small and narrow-sighted goal…but at the beginning, that’s all I want.
Traditional: I’ve always liked traditional more than epublishing. The problem? Novellas (which is what Soul of the Scribe is at about 42K words) are rarely published in traditional media. All of my research points to that. And I’m so overwhelmed by the idea of WHERE to publish I don’t even know where to start. I did some networking contacts when I did OCCWF last year and some advice on it, but I’ve been dragging my feet. I’m really scared about that…but it might be one of those things I just need to buckle down and fight through.
ePublishing: Novellas work very well for this market. It’s an easy read and it’s very simple to get published. I’m sure I could get Soul of the Scribe up on Kindle within a week if I wanted to. I’ve done a bunch of the research already. The problem with that is once something goes out eBook, it’s very difficult to get a traditional reprint done of it. At least, that’s what I understand. What I’d really like to do is to get a few short stories of mine together for a short anthology and put that on Kindle as an experiment. I have a few random stories I could do that wish, but I need to buckle down and edit those into a better state. I also think a few more random short stories would be nice, but lately my ideas have not been short stories. My ideas tend to always go longer than I anticipate. 😛
So that’s what’s really bothering me lately. I don’t know which way to go. The worst part? Everybody around me has a different opinion! EVERYBODY! And they all contradict. I’m leaning toward my wife’s idea…because I’ve always trusted my wife’s judgement over my own. Her idea was Traditional with an optional Agent. I like that idea. A lot.
What else is going on? Hmmm…I don’t have a lot else to share at the moment. Except for something my wife said to me.
“We balance each other out. You keep me from being ruled by reality and I keep you from being ruled by fiction.”
Good stuff, eh?
Well, to end today’s post, I’m going to show you something I found the other day that I really like. I greatly enjoy positive and uplifting songs. Music has always moved me very well, even though I’ve not a musician. I’ve always felt that music is actually one of the most important pieces of any visual medium, be it theater, movies, TV, whatever. My mind always soars.
But getting back to the point. Like I posted about Shooting Star last week, today is about Katy Perry’s “Firework.” I’ll be honest, I really like this song, but the music video was a little…odd. I get what was going on…but I found something better.
That’s it for me this week. Thanks for reading. 🙂
Good luck and have fun!