Saturday, June 29, 2013

To Self-Publish or Not Self-Publish (that is the question)

At present count, 14 out of the 24 queries I've sent out have resulted in my story being rejected. I had two publishers ask for more material, but they ultimately said no. And it's past the deadline most of the remaining agents were supposed to get back to me. At this point, it's obvious that I'm never going to get published.

So because I've literally devoted almost two years of my life to this book, I'm thinking of self-publishing it. I know it probably won't do that great, but I don't want to just shelf it after spending so much time working on it. Right now, I'm looking for an editor. I was recommend one group, but they want to charge me over $700 to edit my manuscript. Considering I probably won't even make $10 off of it, that seems a bit much.

If anyone has any suggestions or can recommend an editor with a reasonable rate, please let me know.


  1. I think you should self publish. The sites I've checked out, are around $700/$800 for an editor. I've read your fanfics and they are really good grammer and technical wise. Have you considered going to an ebook to start with? I've seen several authors do this and then go on to publish tradtionally. You have a large fanbase already from fanfiction, and I think a lot of them would purchase your book. I for one know I would. This would get your name out there, plus I think it's a bit cheaper too. I know I've seen some authors say to self publish traditionally, you have to buy a lot of copies of your own book and sell them yourself.

    I've purchased books before and have found grammer mistakes in them (and these were published by companies), so if you miss a few mistakes I don't think it would hurt you. Like I said before, your stories all had good grammer, spelling, and punctuation.

    One author that I read has used this site:

    I really hope you'll be able to self publish and get your work out there. It seems like a lot of the really good authors, such as yourself, have a hard time starting out, but then go on to successful writing careers. I hope this will be true for you too.

  2. Thanks so much! I'll have to check out that site. I was thinking of offering my story as an ebook only for now.

    I've checked out two editors so far. Still going to shop around a little bit more. I'll just feel a lot better knowing that if I self-publish, the story is as grammatically clean as possible.

    Thank you again for the support. I really appreciate it.

  3. If you self pub let me know. You know I'll review it and showcase it on Ali's Bookshelf. I always love your stories and can't wait to read the new one. :) *hugs* keep your head up. A lot of amazing and talented authors are self publishing now!


  4. Go for it! Self publishing is a great way to get your work out there, I am currently working on finishing my trilogy for self publication with a small novella. One of the advantages of being a student is I know lots of graphic designers.

  5. Thank you so much, Ali! (Jeez, I haven't talked to you in forever. I hope things are going well for you!)

    @ V_E_L, maybe you can hook me up with a great cover artist. :D I tried making a cover and quit halfway through, lol.

    1. OMG I know how you feel, I tried to teach myself photoshop and it was horrible.

      If you want to design your blog, this is someone I recommend, she designs blogger and does book covers, her prices are very reasonable