Why self-publish? Through my brief work experience in a couple of literary agencies in London, I've seen how frustratingly difficult it is to get a novel published through the traditional means, especially in a genre like science fiction or fantasy. However, self-publishing seemed to be a cop-out in comparison – lots of work and risk, with little chance of reward. Recently though, I've been researching self-publishing through ebooks and have been astonished by the success that a skilled and motivated writer can achieve. In particular, the science fiction author Michael R. Hicks has been a real inspiration – through hard work, perseverance and brilliant stories, he's living the dream!
Here’s my plan in brief:
- Start work on a new novel idea – plan in detail and begin writing (‘This Dark World’ is shelved for the moment)
- Redraft my science fiction short story collection – written for degree, 10,000 words
- Publish collection as a trial run – test the waters, generate interest, maybe earn some pennies!
- Eventually publish novel!