Oh, the horror!
While everyone else was dreaming of sugarplums and Santa, I was lashed securely to my desk, churning out stories for my upcoming horror anthology. Others I know got some pretty sweet things under their trees this year, but included amongst my Christmas gifts was this favorite: one of my 17-year-old sons’ comments after he read one of the tales I plan to include.
“Do you get nightmares when you write this stuff?!”
Ah, it warms a mother’s heart to be able to freak her kids out like that with just a few words — and hopefully it bodes well for the success of my book.
Which brings me to this post: I am going to be self-publishing this time and I’ve never done it before. I’ve tossed around the idea of sending out queries to traditional publishers, but I feel deep down inside that the indie way is the right way for me.
I know I’ll be fighting a marketing battle since I don’t have an email list for my fiction yet. On the bright side, that will make good blog fodder as I sift through what works and what fails. And we writers should always be willing to help each other out by sharing our experiences for the good of all!
I still have about 10,000 words to write for the anthology to bring the count up to the minimum 40K words. I haven’t decided if I will add a more stories or perhaps tackle a novella. I have several fiendish ideas percolating around in my head, so once I’ve settled on one (or two, or three), it shouldn’t take me too long to finish things up. I am giving myself to the end of January to complete the writing since I am also juggling a few non-fiction projects at the same time.
At that point, I’ll need to contract out copy- and line-editing and formatting, get a cover design, and so on. I will let you know my experience with this and share names, prices, and all other pertinent info for those who want a step-by-step with all the details.
In looking ahead, my biggest concern is that I don’t personally know very many people who read stories like the crazy, twisted stuff I write. If my “real-world” friends got their hands on some of these, they may unfriend me out of shock! All kidding aside, I’m not afraid of showing the world the frantic scribblings from my overactive mind, but I am not going to be able to count on family and friends for downloads at launch time since these kind of stories aren’t their cup of tea.
In the meantime, I am going to wade into that last story or two and see what kind of chaos I can create.
See you on the next page!