Lately the words to Fleetwood Mac’s iconic song “Go Your Own Way” have been rolling around my head. This break-up song is quite fitting actually because I’m breaking up with querying and I’m going to Indie publish Phoenix.
A few weeks ago, I blogged that I was standing at a crossroad. It was a three-pronged fork: continue to query Phoenix, become an Indie author or lock Phoenix in a drawer and abandon the other two novels that follow. It was one of the toughest conversations I’ve had with myself, but ultimately I feel that I owe it to Amanda, David, Shiloh and Alex to share their story.
This wasn’t a decision made in a void. Watching the success of other Indie authors made me realize I can do this. This month’s Writer’s Digest has a great feature on how to self-publish including an awesome chart that breaks down the options (if you are a writer and don’t subscribe to this magazine, fix that now – I think it’s the best resource for writers out there). And, conversations with two different and formerly traditionally-published authors who have elected to go their own way sealed the deal – they both said that this is the way in today’s literary market.
Querying is hard work, but I have a feeling that I’m going to work even harder getting Phoenix ready for its debut. In addition to researching my distribution outlets, I have to write the book blurb, determine the cover art, get an ISBN, market it … and I’m sure there are things I need to do that I don’t even know about yet.
In that aspect, I don’t really have to go it entirely alone. There are so many resources out there – blogs of Indie authors like Linda Cassidy Lewis, Sara Flower, waronliteracy and Donigan Merritt – and Web resources like Indie Author News. These are full of people going their own way who are kind enough to share their publishing stories.
It’s thrilling choosing a path. It’s not as much of the road less taken as it was just a few years ago. I want to share my appreciation to those who are walking ahead of me as well as share what I learn – mistakes and ah-ha’s – with those embarking on their own literary journey.
I’m going to go my own way. I hope you’ll join me.