Thursday, September 20, 2007

Any dream will do

I've spent most of my adult life trying to get published by a traditional publisher. That's four finished novels and over forty years of rejection slips. Anyone in their right mind would have given up years ago. They can't all be wrong, can they?

Well, maybe they can. Fortunately, the internet threw me a lifeline. I "published" A Half Life of One over on my sister blog more than a year ago. Enough people read it and told me they liked it to allow me to think that maybe the book wasn't quite as bad as traditional agents and publishers seemed to think.

And so I abandoned my old dream and decided to self-publish. It wasn't an easy decision. I'm not used to failure. It wasn't until I finally realised that writing is all about readers and not about my own self-glorification that I could bring myself to accept the truth of my situation.

Once I decided to self-publish the rest was easy. I contacted Gavin Pugh of Gav's Studio and he basically did the rest with a minimum of input from me. Designed the cover, set the layout, got the ISBN number, organised the printer, etc etc. All with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of helpful suggestions. I think he knew I was hurting going down this route but he was very gentle with me. Thanks, Gav, you've been brilliant.

The book will come out in a couple of weeks time. I'll be sending signed copies to everyone who has asked for one - including a number of anonymous readers round the globe. Then it's on to the marketing phase - sending out review copies, seeking publicity etc. All the stuff that a traditional publisher would do, and maybe a bit more. I'm really excited by the challenge of elbowing my way into a crowded market place. I'll let you know how it goes.

Here's the front and back cover to give you a little taster. Hope you like it.



14 comments:

  1. Delighted for you, Bill, truly delighted.

    I wait......

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  2. Looking good ... also waiting ...

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  3. Looks beautiful, Bill. My hands are shaking...

    Great news. Great news.

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  4. Oh, I really like the cover Bill. Great photo, great font, great line besid the title. This looks profesional and credible and like something I would want to read. Where did the pic come from. It's wonderful for a cover. Well done.

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  5. Well done, Pundy! I wish you every success and lots of filthy lucre!

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  6. Crikey!

    Does it have a middle as well?

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  7. Excellent cover, both front and back. It looks good. (Here by way of Shameless.)

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  8. That is really terrific news Bill, you must be thrilled to be seeing it come out in book form - so where can I buy it?

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  9. Put me down for one. My credit card is burning a hole in my pocket.

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  10. Really impressed, excited and eagerly anticipating, Pund.

    My palms are all sweaty ...

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  11. When you lot have finished dripping and shaking all over the place, perhaps we should think about a celebratory drink.
    Meet you down the pub in five minutes......

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  12. Thanks, guys, much appreciate your kind words - I wouldn'y have got this far without your support.

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  13. Not only can they be wrong, Bill--they mostly are.

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  14. I've come via Seamua and I am hooked sufficently by the cover to now begin reading the story. A great job of the design, one I'm sure matches the writing. I believe that self-representation is probably the only sane way to go these days. The number of Australian authors published annually is only in the region of a dozen or so and those are mostly creative non fiction etc.
    The best of luck.

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