Houses of the Broken and Other Stories

Self-publishing, it is!

I’ve taken the better part of the day to mull over my thoughts on this morning’s list.

I didn’t make the cut.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized I was a complex mixture of disappointed, unsurprised, and relieved. In my mind, I made it about as far as I expected/hoped to go. The feedback was fairly positive overall, even my final review. Sure, I’ll wonder why I didn’t make it and why others did. That’s human nature, but really… it doesn’t matter. It was a lesson that gave me nothing to lose.

There is no negative outcome for this, which is the great part. I made it far enough to get some decent feedback, and I didn’t have to pay a cent. Complete strangers told me what my close friends had been trying to get me to believe all along. And I won’t lie, it felt good.

Maybe I was a lucky one, even in losing. I saw some of the reviews that came in… there was some tough loved dished out here and there. I had my critiques, but they weren’t unfounded.

Well… except for the one that said I had a foul mouth. *mwah*

Within 10 minutes of getting the news, I was letting my dear photographer Shane know to put the new book cover on the top of his to-do list. Problem is, I’m too much of a designer and I have a vision for this production. Sure it would have been great to be published, but I have ideas… bigger than just pages and pages of text. I’m not sure I would have taken well to middle management telling me ‘Oh yeah, that’s sweet that you have cover art all worked out, but this is what you’re getting.’ Not for this one, the next one maybe, but not this one.

This one is mine.

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2 responses

  1. averythorne

    Aw, it’s alright man. Don’t listen to people who criticise your ‘foul mouth’. Swearing’s never bad in literature. Sometimes it can be really fucking awesome! Have you exhausted publishing opportunities then? Like, did you try both publishers and agents?

    April 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  2. I haven’t tried publishers OR agents yet… I was too impatient! I’ve spent a lot of time debating the pro’s and con’s of self publishing with other writers and basically came to the conclusion that for something like Houses of the Broken, I really didn’t have much to lose. I’m a little too curious to see how the process works, so I’m going to try it. Even if I shouldn’t.

    April 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm

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