I’m in a bit of a dilemma. The edit of Book One is now finished and I’m a little unsure of what my next step should be. Maybe you can help – I have a couple of questions that need answering:
Do I self-publish or try to get traditionally published?
The way I see it, both have their benefits and drawbacks, and I’m juggling between whether I want to get rejected all over again by agents, and how to make the time for everything that self-publishing requires while working full time. Traditional publishing can take months/years to get off the ground, even if you’re fortunate enough to get an agent and a publisher. If I self-publish, I could have my book on the market within a couple of months. Plus self-publishing gives me a bit more freedom with regard to deadlines and schedules.
Once I get an answer to that question, I then have another:
Do I start editing Book Two in the series, the novella I have waiting in the wings (also part of the series) or push ahead with writing Book Three?
Anyone who has read this blog will know how much I’ve hated this latest bit of editing work, but to be honest I’m really intrigued to see what Book Two and the novella are like. I haven’t touched Book Two in about a year, so I have a nice bit of distance from it, and the novella was finished in August, so that’s also had some cooling off time. I also learned a lot from my recent editing stint – mostly about how not to edit a book – but that’s all part of the learning curve, isn’t it?
I had thought that answering question one would bring me to an answer for question two but it hasn’t. If I decide to self-publish surely it would be better to have a number of books to put out over the course of the next year, which argues in favour of editing. However, this would also be true of querying agents. What if they ask to see what other work I’ve produced? I wouldn’t be happy handing them work which hadn’t had the life scribbled out of it by my red pen.
So, you see my dilemma. I’d really appreciate some help with this one, so please do offer your help and advice in the comments section below, or give me a shout on Twitter (@lmmilford). Your support is always welcome!