And now it begins.

The dreaded search to publish my book. I, a brand-spanking new author, look to become read, maybe make some money. I don’t want to become rich, I want to make a steady living from this. If I can do that I’ll be happy. Then I can move on from where I am to something better.

It’s a little intimidating. I am well aware of all of the rejections that are in my future. Hopefully they won’t hurt. But I know they will. I take my work personally, so even when I need to hear the criticism, I will, and it will hurt. But it will also make me better.

What I’m really leery about are vanity presses. I got a call from one the other day. They want to print my book because they saw it being copyrighted. But they didn’t read it, and that’s the problem. Sure, they’ll print it, sure, they’ll tell me it’s great and a wonderful opportunity. Sure, it’ll cost me all kinds of money. But will they distribute it? Sure, for a bit, in a small demographic area. No guarantees. Just a bunch of books sitting in a bookstore somewhere. Not what I need. I need someone who will take my work seriously. And yes, it will take a whole lot of time for me to get there, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

That’s it for now. Wish me luck.

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