It’s the first Wednesday of April, which means it is April Fool’s Day, the day for April posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and the first day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Good luck to all of you participating in that!
Writing-wise, where am I? I’ve put my novel to the side for a short period of time while I work on the novella, which is shorter, a little less complex and already written because it was a subplot in the novel I queried last year.
I imagine I’ll follow this process when it’s finished: edit it, ask around for some beta readers, revise it…and then what? Is there even a market for historical novellas? I doubt agents would be interested; it’s not like novellas get published all that much in trad publishing.
More and more, the idea of self-publishing the novella has been looming in my mind. I have writer friends who have self-published–some quite successfully–and I know many of my fellow IWSG’ers have self-pubbed as well. Historicals aren’t a big market in the world of self-pubbed ebooks, but it’s a channel I’d like to explore for the novella, which is, so far, 95 pages long. It’s not something I’d want to do for a longer project, but the idea has been nagging at me and I’ve been reading up on self-publishing as a result.
When I was at Pace studying Publishing, self-publishing wasn’t a thing yet–and look at how much it’s grown! It’s exciting and it’s a new set of skills to acquire. I don’t expect big sales out of a single novella, but I do want it out there in the world of stories and readers.
Advice? Guides? Steps to take? How did you go about self-publishing, if you have?