Reaching for the stars

Last night I did something I didn’t think I was going to do.

From the very beginning I had planned on self publishing Sins of a Father. From the time the seed was planted in my head to the moment I made the final keystroke, I never even considered submitting it to a publisher. I don’t know why exactly, but I didn’t. I even went as far as getting the proof copy in print, which actually turned out to be a big help in finding a couple errors that I missed in editing.

Anyway, that changed over the past few days while watching my wife engross herself in the story and seeing her reaction to it. I think I may have something pretty decent here and at least attempting to publish through a traditional publisher gives the story a chance to reach a wider audience than I currently can give it through self publishing. I just don’t have that big of a following right now and I’m smart enough to realize it. I owe the story that much. It wanted to be told and I owe it the chance to be heard.

Last night I submitted my manuscript to Nouvella in hopes that they might choose to publish it. If they don’t I can still go the self publishing route, but I won’t know their decision for 4 to 6 months according to their website. That just means I have to work on some other projects now to keep my mind off of whether or not Sins is good enough.  If I bury myself in something else I’m sure that time will fly by. And by fly by I mean drag on endlessly with me wondering what their answer will be. Every night for the foreseeable future, when I lay down I’ll be forced to think things like “did they read it yet?”, “do they love it?”, “what if they hate it?” and all those other things that run through my head when I should be sleeping. I won’t want to think those things, but they will be there and there isn’t anything I can do about it.

Cherokee Johnson and Winger are currently vying for attention now. With NaNo fast approaching I better have a sit down with those guys and see which one wants it more. I don’t want to choose the wrong one and have the other rise up halfway through NaNo and throw a wrench in everything, but even if that does happen they’ll both eventually get their stories told. I had planned on Winger, but Cherokee is making a strong case for himself.

Here’s hoping the folks over at Nouvella like my story as much as I do.

Do you guys have anything out there in the ether waiting to be lift your spirits/crush your ego when it is eventually approved/denied?

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5 responses to “Reaching for the stars

  • joseph elon lillie

    I can’t wait to see which character wins out. You have encouraged me to revisit one of my old stories and to do some serious editing during November.

    • Adam Ickes

      I’m glad I could inspire you. Good luck with your editing!

      Winger won out this time around. Mostly because I’ve got a fairly detailed outline going for it. Cherokee has a 10K word partial first draft with no outline. Cherokee will end up being a lot more work than I can accomplish in a month, so if I hope to stand any chance of finishing the 50K words in a month he’ll need to wait until after I’m finished with Winger. Which was the plan in the beginning anyway so I don’t feel too bad about it.

  • Perry Block (@PerryBlock)

    Give it all you’ve got in trying to get a publisher. You can always self-publish thereafter. One never knows what a publisher or agent may like. At the very least, it is a learning process and who knows??? Go for it! Time always flies by.

    • Adam Ickes

      The problem is this one is its a medium length novella (in the order of 25K words). Most publishers I’ve encountered won’t even consider something like that. I just happened upon a publisher that does so I figured I’d give it a go. I’m actually not fretting over it as much as I thought I would. That only lasted a day or two. I know its out of my hands for awhile now and I’m okay with that.

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