After much thought, I have decided that it’s time for me to stop being a self-publisher.
It hasn’t been an easy decision to make, but I think it’s an important next step in my writing career. As it stands, I am putting too much time, energy and money and getting too little return on it.
This isn’t going to be an immediate change, I’m not pulling my books from Amazon. I will, however, start working on finding a publisher that I can work with. I believe that I can, I think that I have a lot to offer a press. I have two finished books and am working on a third, and I have a small but very enthusiastic following.
I think I have a realistic view of what a publisher can offer me. My books need professional editing. I think that a publisher can offer me a wider platform for marketing–not to do the marketing, but to help me reach a wider audience. There is, quite frankly, a lot of the paperwork and grunt-formatting involved in producing a book that I would gladly let someone else handle.
What am looking for? Well, probably a fairly small press, preferably one that specializes in horror, science fiction, and fantasy. There are quite a number out there. I will look into agents, but I will also be actively looking at publishers directly, and I think I’d prefer one who will deal with unagented writers.
What does this mean to people who follow my work? Well, I would like to have Worms Of Heaven published by a press. I would like to have my first two edited and re-issued. However, I don’t want to make people who already have my first two books buy them again–from what I know of how this process works, Amazon will continue to support the original editions, but not sell any more copies.
The issue of the audiobooks is a little trickier. Brandon has already done the work, the deal that we made was to split royalties. I don’t know if I can sign over audio rights while still respecting our original agreement–and that’s not negotiable. I have no problem cutting a new publisher in on my half of the royalties, but I am not going to cheat Brandon out of his half.
So there are issues to be dealt with. However, I know that I am not the first person to deal with them, and either a publisher will know how to handle a writer who has previously self-published, or that won’t be the right publisher.
I understand that in the short term this decision is going to involve quite a bit of work, but it’s work that I am willing to do. I think it’s time for me to admit that I cannot actually do everything. I still believe that self-publishing is a good option for a lot of people, I just don’t think it’s the best option for me.