Yes…. I haz it.
I just got my RWR for the month. And it has my article on digital self-publishing. No, I’m not eating my words with Beg Me, because after all, I never said I wouldn’t try it again. I said it wasn’t likely.
And if it wasn’t for a few friends who kept nagging me at RAW in September, I don’t know that I would have decided to try going independently with Beg Me. I’m not going into detail about things, but long story short, I figured I’d give the digital self-publishing thing another shot, if I could come up with another idea. And I did. Beg Me. Timing-wise, if I tried sending it to Samhain, it wouldn’t get published for almost a year. I don’t want to wait that long for it, and if I did, it would put off the next Grimm book for that much longer. It also came along at a time when…well, I needed to control something-completely. I didn’t want to worry about not getting the title I wanted, or worry if the subject matter was too dark-yes, it’s dark and the story isn’t for everybody, I know this. I needed to control something and damn it, that’s what I did.
In the long run, this will be an interesting experience-and already has been. I’ve gotten to work with a great freelance editor, got an idea of what the costs are, got to control the cover aspect from start to finish-realized I can do a blurb without screwing it up, although it’s a good thing a synopsis wasn’t required. I’ll get a better idea of whether or not it really is a feasible option to consider in the future, because as the article mentions, my previous experience with digital self-publishing? Complete and total flop.
And… FYI… this is why I rarely say never. Because I don’t like eating my words or backtracking, and I knew it was possible I might try it in the future. I just didn’t expect it to happen this soon.
Regardless, it’s not something I see me turning to in the future altogether. It’s too much work and I want somebody else doing this extra stuff so I don’t need to, and if this had been a harder book to write, or a longer book? It wouldn’t be going out solo.