The other day I was asked if I publish my own books and if I publish other writer’s books. I’ve been asked this question A LOT. The answer is no. In fact, I know little about the literary world from a publishing aspect. I have several writer friends who have chosen to self-publish their books through Amazon and other outlets; some are happy with their decision and others are not. I have friends who have signed with literary agents and those who have signed directly with publishers. I don’t believe there is a right or wrong path. Each avenue presents positives and negatives. Each route has challenges. I think the important thing is for every writer to ask themselves what they want and then pursue the avenue that best matches that outcome. One must realize that writing is a subjective field, just as all other facets of entertainment. A book that I may love, the next person may deem mediocre. Getting published is a matter of finding the right “fit” for your work and for yourself.
When I began my journey toward getting my debut novel (No Easy Way) published, I received thirty-six rejection letters and did about a million re-writes. Then, I entered a contest and my book was nominated for The Heart of Molly award through Heart of Denver Romance Writers. Before I knew it I had found the right publisher for my book…the right “fit” for my work and for me.
Since then I’ve had five novels published and one short story and I couldn’t be happier.
If you’re a writer who is considering getting your work published, ask yourself what you want, research the available outlets and then don’t give up. Finding that perfect publisher for your work can feel like online dating… you might have to jump through a lot of hoops and kiss a lot of toads before you finally meet your perfect match. ~