There are many roads an author can take. Once upon a time, it was straight and narrow with few forks and fewer quandaries. Seek an agent. The agent will then find a publisher. The publisher will produce and promote your novel. Like a train traveling on a set of tracks, one didn't need a map--and just look at where you ended up. Publishville! Sucessland!
Being "published' meant something, but it's no longer the same thing. Gone is the promotion--you, alone, are in charge of building a "platform." An author must now wear a myriad of hats: writer, editor, marketer extraordinaire. They must do it all and they must do it well.
Enter e-publishing and now you've tossed in not one, but an endless maze of forks, all offering unimaginable quandaries! Kindle, Nook, e-books all uploaded at the click of a button. And why not? Self-published authors have to wear all the same hats as those who've gone the traditional route, so why wait for that response from an agent that might never come?
I'm a firm believer of stealing the best from both worlds. My approach: study the craft of writing, develop the best story using the traditional publishing model, query agents, wait and see. But I will also prepare for self-publication. It's my plan, my hope and goal to share with you here, my process, and all the struggles, successes and heartache that comes with all those twisting, turning forks.
So, welcome and please join me as I begin the journey.