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?