Thursday, 8 April 2010
On A Mission--Kurt Chambers
I want to be published! No, I REALLY want it! I suspect I'm not alone on this mission, and that is a very appropriate word 'mission'. It almost seems like an impossible mission at times, and the way things stand with the recline in the publishing industry, it still could be for a few years yet. The bottom line is, none of the major publishers are prepared to invest huge amounts of cash on new authors. Okay, it's a fair comment. They are just a business like any other business, and they do still have to stay afloat with dwindling sales, so they are playing it safe. But that doesn't help me!
So, what should I do? I have this wonderful novel that needs to be shared with the world. Well, I could go down several roads on my mission. I could continue submitting to publishers/agents and hope that one of them will see the potential in my work. The downfall with this is each time I receive a rejection letter, that's one more publisher or agent I have to strike off my list.I could wait until the market picks up and start again, but that may take years. I could give up on traditional publishers and get my book e-published, or it's even possible for me to give it away, that is always an option. That will at least get my name in the frame.
I'm still undecided, but in the meantime there is still plenty I can do. Writing more novels is the obvious answer, and improving the novels I already have. They can always be better, right? There is also the marketing side of things. Networking and promoting myself as an author is something I can always do. You don't have to be a published author to promote yourself to a world of readers out there.
It's not easy being a writer. I could honestly say it's one of the hardest things I have ever done. What would life be though without a challenge?