This is a short update on my writing progress – it has been a while since my last post about my novels. Currently, I am working on final revisions for two novels. I have decided to work on the third novel which is semi-organized in paper and thoughts, and will postpone publishing for now. There are a few reasons for this, and I rather wait until I straighten some issues. In addition, my uncertainty about looking for an agent and going indie has cleared up. I find that the wait helped me understand indie publishing a bit better, and although not my intention at the beginning (I was thinking about going the traditional route), now I feel that the right path for me is indie publishing. This path seems to agree much more with my personality, work ethics, and working style.
One thing worries me; there seems to be a self-publishing frenzy going on now, and tons of poor quality work out in print. In addition, there is the conflict with pricing issues between Amazon and publishing houses, authors and publishing houses, and everyone and their neighbors … It is obvious that this frenzy will subside eventually, and hopefully, the writers looking for a quick buck will dwindle as well, and just as with an ice age, that the writing environment clears up. These things concern me now and weigh heavy on my decision to self-publish. Added to issues of a pending move out-of-state, financial, and lifestyle changes, the best path is to wait and keep writing the third novel.
A friend told me that I was risking missing the boat by waiting but I disagree. I don’t think anybody’s boat goes missing just because one decides to wait until the time that it feels right (and that is a personal issue and different for everyone). However, I happen to agree with chasing opportunity when it knocks and if you feel ready for the chase. Many times, “just jump now” works; other times, you may find that the abyss could have been avoided if you just waited until your foot was touching ground.
How do you feel about the self-publishing frenzy going on now or about self-publishing in general? Feel free to share your experience in the comment section.