11744Re: [mythsoc] self publishing
- Mar 12, 2004Elizabeth Apgar Triano wrote:
> Ohhhhhhh kay so maybe I should be looking at reader services. That soundsIt would help if you gave more specific information. Is your work
> to me like an even worse can of worms though. Respectable willing pals
> aside, how would I look for someone to read my work and give me a basic
> opinion? Under what heading would that be and how would I figure the fees?
fiction or nonfiction? Fantasy or memoir?
Going to someone who will read your work and give an opinion for a fee
can get quite expensive. I've looked into this and it can cost $1000.
David's right...the best thing you can do is to get into a writer's
group and get an opinion. If your work is fantasy, the science fiction
and fantasy workshop, run by Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, offers such
critique groups (for free or a very nominal fee). You can get in touch
with the workshop through the link at my personal website, below.
Yes, it's hard to get a work published. Large traditional publishers
have all but stopped reading unagented works, and agents aren't
accepting new clients, either. (I sent queries for one of my fantasy
novels to about 25 agents I found in the SFWA directory this past
September...not one of them was interested. I got form rejections from
the vast majority of them.)
Self-publishing sf and fantasy can be tough. I'm a small publisher of sf
and fantasy (see http://www.ftlpublications.com) and only one of my
fiction titles has sold over 300 copies. (A nonfiction title has sold
over 500 copies, but that's over a period of 8 years.) I've networked
with other sf and fantasy micropublishers and the story seems pretty
much the same everywhere...very low sales.
If you just want to see your work in print, there are a number of places
that will do it. If you want copies to sell beyond immediate friends and
family, that would take a lot of effort, and even that effort might not
result in large sales.
So it's best to do your research beforehand, so that, at least, your
expectations are realistic.
Joan Marie Verba
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