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The Hobbyist's Dilemma

As I have previously stated, writing is my hobby, rather than my profession. During the writing process, the lack of pressure and demand lends to the soothing nature of my writing. However, now that the first book, is done, the question sits heavy on what to do now. I am faced with three options that I am weighing with some level of seriousness. 

Option 1—I continue submitting letters to literary agents in the hopes that one will represent me and sell my book to a publisher. Since several of my rejection letters were personally written, I have hope that my work is not entirely without merit, and my hopes remain high I will eventually find an agent.

Option 2—I submit my transcript to DAW, which still has a slush pile of unrepresented manuscripts. This cuts out the middle man of an agent while still maintaining the possibility (however remote) of being represented by a major publisher.

Option 3—Self publishing, specifically through Kindle Direct, which will allow readers to either purchase or rent my e-book. Hard copy books will have to be done separately.


My recent confirmed diagnosis of Adult ADD may be the cause of this, but I am leaning toward the self publishing route. This is for two reasons. Oh fuck it, it's one reason. I am IMPATIENT. Though it is entirely of my own making, I feel like I cannot move onto Intercession until Sunder is available for purchase. It's not so much a matter of multitasking, but of state of mind. If Sunder is still in progress, I find it difficult, if not outright impossible to mentally immerse myself in Intercession. There is also the pressing knowledge that regardless of my publishing path, I will be solely responsible for promoting my work. As a first-time author, I will have to prove myself. Why not keep the paltry profits and channel them back into promotion materials?

So for the moment, I am at an impasse, I'm afraid.

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  1. Don't be afraid my dear, we will walk down this road together. I will always support you the best I can and I hope that you feel that you can lean on me when you need it.

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  2. I know the feeling, Kristin. I've been debating whether or not to self-publish a POWER CLUB short story I've written or post it on my blog. I would like to have a new product out there, but it is costly to do so. Self-publishing means you have to go pretty much full time into marketing and promoting your work. On the other hand, publishing it for free would feel like admitting defeat. There is no easy road to take.

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