Hi All! Sheesh, I’ve been neglecting this blog.
Now that The Mind Readers is out, I’m hard at work on another book, a historical paranormal. It is with a publisher in N.Y. but honestly, I’m thinking of self publishing it. Why, you might ask? Well, here’s why….. money, time and control.
Money… I’ve never made it a secret that I’ve gotten very little on my first NY published book. In fact, I’ve made more on The Ghost Hunter in the four months since I self published it than I have on Wild Heart in the two years since I signed the contract.
Time… When you send a book to an agent or editor, you send only the partial at first, which is the first 3 chapters. They might read it immediately, but usually it takes a couple months… usually more. After those couple months they will reject it or ask to read the full. Once they have the full, again, it can be a couple months… usually more… until you hear if they want it or not. If they want it, your book most likely will not hit bookstores for another year… usually more. So you’re talking about a year and half before you will see your book in stores and that’s a quick turn around. That’s a year and half I could be making money if I posted it now, as self published. What’s even worse is if you send your book to an editor, wait months and months to hear back and they reject it. Which to be honest, happens the majority of the time. That’s a long time, wasted, when you could have self published it immediately.
Control… The control is somewhat obvious. You decide when your book comes out, what’s in your book, how much it will be priced at.
I love printed books, I really do. And it makes me sad that there are so many readers who can’t read my books because they are in Ebook format. But sometimes there’s no other alternative.
Back to The Mind Readers. I keep noticing this theme in reviews that state The Mind Readers is a short read. Honestly, the Young Adult book world is new to me. But when I started studying YA books, I noticed most YA publishers wanted books to be between 60,000 – 90,000 words.
Here’s Harlequin’s guidelines, which actually say 50,000 to 100,000. When I wrote The Mind Readers, I wanted a good in between and I thought I had done that, writing a book that is actually about 73,000 words.
Anyway, as for the giveaway from my last post…. the winners are…. everyone!
If you left a comment in the previous post, email me and I’ll send you a code so you can download The Mind Readers for free! Thanks to all who stopped by!