Hey there friends and fictional folk!
If you’ve seen my latest TikTok video, you know that I’ve decided to shift my focus away from traditionally publishing and toward self publishing for my books. As I said in the video, this is not a decision I’ve made lightly, but given the current state of traditional publishing, it is my best option if I want to make a living off of my writing.
I’m not going to post this announcement to my Twitter yet since there are more important things for the world to focus on right now and honestly I may move to BlueSky, but we’ll have to wait and see. I will have to start retooling my various social media accounts though as well as this website. Get ready for a lot of changes.
This is going to be a big investment for me, but my emergency funds should be able to cover all costs and given the overwhelmingly positive feedback I’ve received for my writing thus far, I have a hesitant optimism that I will do well. At least well enough to support myself and my wife. Patreon should hopefully help with that once I’ve retooled it as well.
I’ll still be sending off the occasional query letter so I can get a team of people to help me with publishing rather than doing it all myself, but given the sense of momentum I’ve felt since making this decision, I’ll likely stick with self publishing. Currently I’m waiting on word back from my beta/sensitivity readers, of which there are quite a few. I like writing diverse books and I want to make sure I do it well, so that means getting a lot of people from various communities to take a look at my work to make sure I don’t mess up.
Speaking of which, if any of you (all 5 or so) know any little people or Middle Eastern people who might be interested in helping, I’d greatly appreciate you sending them my why. So far, those are the hardest sensitivity readers to find.
Anyway, thank you all for sticking with me for so long and I hope you’ll stick with me for just a little bit longer. With any luck, I’ll have the book out in the world by the end of the year. That may be a bit optimistic, but in these times optimism is a necessity. See you all soon!