Thursday, June 30, 2011

To Be or Not To Be

That is the question. I've really been struggling with the decision on publishing, traditional or self-published. I've read so much on the subject the past few days I fell like I'm developing a split personality, but before Mr. Hyde takes over I had to reflect on an article I read most recently.  Kristen Lamb is the author of the best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She wrote an article that really inspired me. Her words seemed to ring true to the desires within. I've examined the reasons for my struggle and have boiled it down to this. It's my book and I like it that way. I know that sounds selfish and a bit conceited, but the truth of the matter is that I have a story to tell and I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of other people involved in that. I know that my chances of "making it big" are probably not as high, but my real goal for writing this project wasn't to be the next J.K. Rowling. I mean who wouldn't want to be one of the richest writers in the world, but still, my dreams for this project is to see it in the hands of my readers. I'm not saying that I think my work is the best and doesn't need any help. I'm far from perfect. But I'd like the chance to see it take off, the way I designed it, the way I envisioned it. Not the way someone thinks it should be just because there's a chance it will make more money. I hope that readers enjoy it and will pass it on to friends and family and I hope that it will one day be a book that people will talk about, but for now I'm content with the knowledge that I've put a lot of hard work and a lot of years into this project and I think my decision has been made. Look for more updates soon on the status of this project and if you think it's something you're interested in, please share it. Let's make this thing a huge success!!!

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