Becoming a traditionally published author is not easy, especially today. But despite the slim-to-none chance of being picked up by one of the Big 5, there is a lot of opportunity out there for new authors. From small press to e-publishers to self-publishers, it seems that every day there are more avenues for writers to get their stories out.
I chose to self-publish my first book. I hired an editor, cover illustrator, and cover designer, and used my publications background to format the electronic and print versions of the book. From the time that the story had gone through several revisions and a professional editor, it took three months to publish.
I hope someday to be a traditionally published author. It would be a thrill to see one of my books on display at an airport or in a grocery store. It would also be wonderful to be able to leave the marketing and production work to someone else, so I could just focus on writing!
For the time being, I am building my backlist, honing my skill, and building a wonderful fanbase. It is a comfortable way to work, and allows me to focus on the current project until it is done, and then move on.
That’s all the time I have to write. It amounts to two hours, three if I’m lucky, per day. Not much.