The fork in the road. A decision to be made. It’s an ancient construct. Weighing the relative virtues of going this way or that. This month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group question prompt is: “What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?”
The short answer: Indie / freedom
The longer answer involves visions of being vetted by a long sequence of publishing company readers/editors, always falling short, months then years of rejection, and feeling that I had neither the time nor the temperament for it. I haven’t been an overly confident writer and that quashed will and stilled my hands.
Then I came across two truly wonderful, hard-working women.
The first I “met” online: Joanna Penn
I’m sure you’ve heard of her. She’s remarkable in her free and gracious sharing of information and insights. Just perusing her website, The Creative Penn, is worth the price of several writers’ conferences. An author-entrepreneur, she sketched out the importance (for her) of remaining independent and in control of her business, her writing, her options, her future. I have (and am sporadically reading — I’m horrible with my TBRs) several of her excellent books, including Business for Authors: How to Be an Author Entrepreneur. Her point of view resonated with me. I’ve been a small business owner. I could do this.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch is a force of nature
I was fortunate in that I heard Rusch speak at a local writer’s convention. She’s written approximately 5,000 books (only a slight exaggeration) and in her beautifully unequivocal way made clear that you don’t put yourself in a box, you don’t sign away rights, you read your contracts carefully. Now, note she wasn’t saying “don’t work with a publisher”. But, my decision already having been 99.9% made, her exhortations to be cautious and smart in your business dealings firmed up my resolve.
I stand here before you today
So here I am. A self-published or “indie” writer. Happy with the decision. Now in the Hell of The Second Novel. But that’s another story.
For now…stay writing. And thanks for visiting.
The purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! #IWSG