Back in April I wrote a blog post about self-publishing. Well, it wasn't quite a post about me self-publishing, but rather me thinking about it. After all I've sent out dozens of query letters to publishers and most don't even bother to respond. If they do it's with an automatic template of 'thanks' and 'if we like your work (If your writing is good enough or if you are worthy) we'll get back to you'. I'll be honest - I give up. This feeling of waiting, hoping, disappointment everyday when I check my email and nothing is there, this isn't how I want to proceed in my writing life. I know Heartshire High is good enough, I know that teens will love it and it will resonate with them, and I don't want to wait for someone else to decide on if it gets published or not.
I am taking matters into my own hands: I'm going to self-publish!
Maybe it won't make the NY Times bestseller week, or be distributed to every bookstore in the States (or worldwide), but these days even publishers can't promise that. What I really want is feedback, communication, dialogue with the readers and to hear their thoughts. As a fan of Alice in Wonderland, I want to connect with like-minded readers who understand the subtle references to the original in the book. I'm not so focused on sales or making money, rather getting the book to people who want to read it. Therefore, after extensive reading around the subject (and a big thanks to Joanna Penn who has scores of self-publishing information on her website), I will publish Heartshire High independently.
Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo and even Barnes and Noble all support indie publishers and authors, and the more I'm digging, the more interesting information I am finding. Also there are lots of groups to support and help self-publishing authors, and even though I've only reached out to one facebook group - the alliance of YA authors - the people there have been so friendly, welcoming and open with information, that they are giving me the confidence to publish!
So stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled for Heartshrie High with a bright pink cover!
Bookshops, kindles and kobos.... I'm coming soon!
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!