While nearly everyone involved in book publishing these days is struggling, self-publishing companies are going strong. The New York Times featured an article today about self-publishing and why authors are increasingly choosing to do it themselves. There’s still a stigma attached to it in the business, but even agents are starting to open themselves up to authors who’ve met success self-publishing.
I am hoping to have success on my own with self-publshing, but ultimately, it’s a means to an end. I want a reputable agent and a well-known publishing house to sign me. I’ve been told that I need to be patient, and that I’m getting very close, but I feel like I’ll have more of a chance of getting signed with an agent once I have success selling my novel. Since I’m not a celebrity, and this is my first book, I need to make a track record for myself.
There is a level of impatience that’s also driving me to self-publish. I mean, last year it took an agent seven months to respond to my one page query letter about my novel. When she did, she enthusiastically asked for the entire manuscript. If her rate of reading queries is any indication of how she reads manuscripts, I might be dead by the time she finishes the book.
But I hate to criticize. As all of the other industries in the world get faster and faster, publishing can’t help but get left in the dust. At the end of the day, a person can only read as fast as she can read.
The bottom line is that I believe in my book and lots of people have asked for it, so I’m not willing to wait any longer. If sales or feedback don’t go well, I can always change my name and move before trying to sell my next book. 🙂