The thought of traditional publishing and the constant chore of query, rejection, re-write has always been appalling to me. It has always seemed to me a waste of time and effort. As an individual who values both, I had always hesitated to write anything of my own. The risk/reward of putting in the major undertaking of writing a novel in the hope that someone, anyone will buy it seemed unacceptable.
In late 2012, I made the switch from hard copy books to e-book when I received a kindle fire. I immediately set about the amazon bookstore science fiction section and happened by a book by the name of Wool. The cover was terrible and I had never heard of the author, however the blurb caught my attention. I bought the book and quickly began to read it. I read it in a single night as I could not bring myself to put the book down.
Wool was one of those books, that made me think for days and I was so intrigued by the story that I sat down to Google this complete unknown by the name of Hugh Howey. Imagine my surprise when I saw that he was self-published through Amazon. At the time, I didn’t even know that existed. As I have followed his career and his books, I have always been amazed by how he became a figure for self published authors everywhere. I began to read more and more self published books, realizing that while some may not be up to par, a lot of them were grossly engaging.
Flash forward to December 2013. I had an idea for a book that I simply had to get out. Hugh’s ardent and vocal support of the self-publishing movement made me realize that I could tell my story and have people read it, without having to endure the stormy seas of traditional publishing. So my novel in progress came about by a chance book purchase more that two years ago. I hope to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before me, and publish my novel when I know it is ready, without facing the very real possibility of no one ever reading it.