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Why I Decided Not to Self-Publish

As I’m writing this blog, I’ve now sent out over two dozen queries to literary agencies, looking for representation for my first novel, Artifact of the Dawn. Finding an agent is merely one of the many steps on the journey of trying to become a published author. I could have just self-published this novel, which is the route I chose for the children’s book I wrote a few years ago, Dittle Little Lion and Dittle Little Bear, the Adventure to Coconut Island. I am more than familiar enough with the process of self-publishing now. Holding the first copy of that book in my hands and receiving the official copyright notice from the US Copyright Office was a great accomplishment for me at the time. I know many new authors these days are opting to self-publish. However, I will admit that marketing is not one of my strong suits, and that’s a Read More

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Next Leg of the Journey

The manuscript of my novel, Artifact of the Dawn, was returned to me from my proofreader and I finally put the finishing touches on the novel. There may be some future tweaking depending on what feedback I get from potential literary agents or publishers, but for now, I’m calling it good. It’s been a 2-year long labor of love, writing and editing this novel. I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know my protagonists while I was writing them. Now I am on the next leg of my journey and preparing what I need in order to try and solicit representation from a literary agent. Many require a synopsis of the plot, which I have been working on. I also need to craft a well-written query letter. Then I will begin sending out queries in the hopes at least one agency finds an interest in me. If somehow I Read More