I had my first “public appearance” recently in the form of an interview at the Oswego Speedway. Click here if you’d like to watch. My book is set in Oswego and much of the action unfolds at the track. Having my first official interview take place there felt rather appropriate. I was able to plug my website and blogs and also tell a few thousand race fans what’s been going on with my book. The experience likewise reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve updated any of you on my status in terms of finding an agent, getting published and actually having something available in the marketplace.
The Redemption (title change perhaps forthcoming) manuscript is currently in the hands of two beta readers. A beta reader, in case you are unfamiliar with the term, is someone who can be trusted to give subjective, unbiased feedback. Once that feedback is received, I may or may not make final revisions. In the meantime, some new cover artwork is currently in the design stage. I’ll hopefully have some samples to show off in the not too distant future. Then, once all my proverbial ducks are in a row, I will have an important decision to make. The first choice is to begin the long, disheartening, often fruitless attempt to find an agent willing to take me on. Best case scenario: I find an agent, the agent finds a publisher and it’s still a minimum of eighteen months before my book is on a shelf anywhere. On the plus side, things like marketing and promotion become much easier when dealing with a traditional publishing house. The other option is to self publish, a choice more and more authors are making. The benefits there are obvious. It’s a much quicker process with higher royalties and I call all the shots. I’d also be wholly responsible for letting the book buying world know I have something to sell. That’s the downside and it’s a big one. Still, if I were making the decision today, self publishing is probably the way I’d go. It took me so long to complete the manuscript, I don’t know if I could bear the thought of waiting around another year and a half plus. I may still send out a few query letters just to see what happens. My office walls are kind of plain. A framed rejection letter or two might be just the thing to spice up the joint.