If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you know that I’m working on my first novel. Though I’m sad to say that they’re hasn’t been any actual work on it, beyond scribbling down the occasional random scene or thread that pops into my head, in quite some time. The new job I started in January(10 hours a day, 6 days a week) has eaten into my time with my kids, and it’s pretty much devoured any time I had for writing. To my dismay, this has crippled my blogging as well. Despite my fingers being held captive by the lengthy, medial tasks that go along with the car business, I dutifully keep a pen and pad nearby to jot down scenes, lines, ideas and threads haunting my brain, that I long to elaborate on when I can find the time.
Before the all consuming job, in the era of free writing, I would tease my friends, family, and followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr with little snippets of my book. A small passage here. A sampling of a conversation there. The goal? To tantalize and addict my readers so they are chomping at the bit to snap up the finished product once it hits the shelves, or Kindle screens as it were. And even though it’s presented out of context, I find the feedback, both good and bad, helpful. That being said, I realize the premise of publishing work before it’s published can be a double edged sword. What if someone stole my ideas to trade them as their own?
I find it an interesting crossroads to find myself upon. As a lover of the actual book, a hoarding collector of hardbacks, deep down inside, I hold to the old traditions of submitting books for print publication. There is some sort of old fashioned validation I seek to gain in order to feel like a real writer. But on the flip side of that coin, I own a Kindle. While I have to own tangible books that I can see, feel, and smell, I won’t lie…….I adore the convenience of having my entire library in the palm of my hands. So like any obsessed bookworm, I own both print and electronic copies of every book I purchase. We prefer the term, ‘dedicated,’ not ‘crazy.’ 😉
In trying to adopt some of this modern concept when it comes to publishing for myself, I decided to dabble a little with posting teasers of my work. In the wake of those authors who blogged their novels, or self published and gained a following, only to be picked up by a publishing house later to be marketed mainstream, it’s a tough phenomenon to ignore. So what do you think, readers/followers? Is self publishing, whether it be by ebook or social media a sellout way to get published? Am I deluding myself by thinking that tweeting a quote is a medium in between? To tweet or not to tweet, my friends. That is the question.
As always, I look forward to your feedback!