Last week a friend sent me this:
Best-seller Success Stories that Started Out as Self-Published Books
I have been stressed over sending query letters and having to justify why publishers should even read Heartshire High in the first place. I am not great at 'shameless' self promotion, and so I wonder if I'm losing out because I cannot promote myself Kardashian style....
My initial reaction to the idea of self publishing was NO WAY! How on earth can I publish a book myself and finish high school? I could imagine my dad going mad, wondering why I wasn't studying, or why I was on Amazon all night long (formatting not shopping!), or dropping out of school to write (eeerr.... not yet), but the idea has stuck in my head, partly because of these sentences:
"Stephen King wrote his first novel, “Carrie,” and it was rejected 30 times. Rejections were so devastating that he threw the manuscript in the trash. “Chicken Soup for the Soul” was rejected 140 times. Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With The Wind” was rejected by 38 publishers (and she did give a damn). James Joyce’s “Dubliner” was rejected 18 times and took nine years before it reached publication."
If these extremely successful writers have been rejected so often, what hope do I have? I know in my heart that Heartshire High is an amazing book, and that teenagers all over the world will love it (not to mention adults too!). But can I really wait nine years to publish it? Or get rejected 140 times???? - this is my worst nightmare.
Maybe I should publish the novel myself?
I wonder how difficult it is? Could I possibly do it in one summer? It would be a challenge but I'm sure it's doable...or is it mission impossible? Should I keep submitting the manuscript to publishers to speed the 30 odd rejections up!!?
I'm a high school senior who loves to read, write, read about writing, and write about reading. My first novel, Heartshire High, is out now!