I’ve had a few conversations this month with Indie Authors who are baffled by my willingness to sign up for a 2013 (yes, a full two years away) launch of my debut novel.
The main question is “Why Wait?” – Not why I decided to stop approaching other publishers (who may have offered a 2012 launch) when I got the offer from Bloomsbury, but why, in this day and age, I could wait so long. If I had chosen the Indie Author route, I could have my work out there, being read by others and making money (hopefully) six months from now.
That is a really good question, but first, this:
For me, making the decision to wait is a mix of heart and mind. The heart part is easier to explain because the rational part of the decision still offers more questions than answers. Here are some of the questions that concern me, as an author, and which have guided my decision:
- The number of books being published is increasing rapidly, but what is happening to the number of books being purchased or read? Is it keeping pace?
- If not, does supply vastly outstripping demand mean a strong downward pressure on prices and if so is this across all books, or does it depend on how they are published?
- In this context, what is the best way to get a literary novel to market, to ensure the widest readership and the most royalties? Is this different to genre fiction?
- What are my aspirations as a writer?
- Can I do this alone? Do I have enough money, do I have enough experience?
I’d also really like to point you to this excellent article here, about literary fiction, advances and e-books.
Is there a right answer or is it horses for courses? I’d love to hear your points of view on this.