July 17, 2012

Are You Ready?

Today I'm honored to announce that Stephanie Morrill, author of the Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, is hosting me over on Go Teen Writers.  Ms. Morrill is a kind and tireless supporter of young aspiring authors: she masterminds the blog (which features posts from Jill Williamson, Rachel Coker, and Roseanna White as well); manages the group Facebook page; and also participates in the NextGen Writer's Conference.  Needless to say, I was tickled to be able to write a guest post for her.

are you ready for publication?

If you asked every writer you ever met whether or not they want to be published, I would venture to say that the answer for the vast majority would be yes. It isn't why we write, of course; we write because we're writers, because we love the art of story-crafting, because we can't not. And there are some writers who are satisfied with that and don't mind the thought of never showing their work to another pair of eyes as long as they live. For the most part, however, writers cherish the thought of publication, perhaps to earn a living, perhaps for the sake of presenting to the public stories into which they have poured so much of themselves.

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  1. I just read the entire article at Go Teen Writers - wow! Thank you so much, Abigail! I've always dreamed of being published. Each time I begin/complete a book, I ask myself "Will this be the one?" But I also understand that publication isn't only just publishing a book and putting it on shelves - there's work involved. And now, may I ask a question? What would you recommend - self-publishing or just publishing? Which is easiest? Now if any one reading these comments has something to share about that question as well, I'd love to hear it! I've just been tossing this around for a bit. Is Amazon's Create-Space a good choice? How much does it cost? If I went the traditional publishing route, would it be better to go with a publishing company in my area, or does it really not matter?

    Thank you so much for any advice! Keep up the good work everyone - and let's keep passing encouragement to each other; writers and authors need it! :-)

    A fellow writer,


  2. I'm glad you found the post helpful! I enjoyed writing it.

    A lot of ink (virtual, since most of the arguments are via the internet) has been spilled trying to answer your questions regarding self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Obviously I've chosen to go the second route, but there are pros and cons on both side. With traditional publishing, you're working with a publishing house, an editor, perhaps an agent, and you have deeper commitments to produce and to market: those can be both pros and cons. However, it also offers you more "foundation" to your work and a further reach, plus gaining you the help of professionals. With self-publishing, you can, if you want, be much more relaxed, but the chances of massive "success" are slimmer. (Although I'll grant that there are examples of writers who have self-published very successfully.)

    It comes down, I think, to what you desire from publication and what best suits your personality. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to go about it, but it does require wisdom!

    Regarding your other questions, as I'm not self-published myself and haven't looked into it closely, I'm afraid I can't answer them well. I do know that while it can be nice to have a publisher who lives in your region, it is not necessary. Many authors live on the other side of the States (sometimes on the other side of the world) from their publishers. The world we live in today is remarkably small.

    I hope these answers help! If you have more questions, feel free to email me; my inbox is always open.

  3. Both publishing and self-publishing take equal amounts of work, maybe traditional publishing takes more work(because you need to know you won't be scammed or cheated and you need to read the contract really carefully before you sign it and some traditional publishers don't advertise books well enough but everyone of them are different). If you are self-publishing, you don't necessarily need an agent/editor if you've got helpful friends and family to self-publish. Of course, if you do self-publish, you get to do all the advertising yourself(unless you pay someone to do it for you), and I like it this way because you yourself can make the cover of your book look what you want it to look like, your book won't go out of print if you don't want to, and so on. It depends, I think. If you know a publisher pretty well and they're nice and fair, then I might look into that. It just depends a lot on who you know and other things. I don't know everything though, I'm saying all this because of what I read in a book about self-publishing(Self-publishing 101 is the name of the book). I hope that helps some!

  4. Thank you, Abigail and Writer4Christ - that was very helpful. It was interesting to read your comments, and to see the two publishing routes compared. Writer4Christ, if you ever get published, which route are you leaning towards - self-publication or traditional publication? Self publishing is rather pricy I know, but then on the other hand, it looks like there's quite a bit of work with the traditional publishing. Abigail, did you have a smooth road of publication? I'm almost eighteen, and would really like to enter the realms of publication. Once I finish I Will Not Deny, I think I'm going to try one thing first, and if that doesn't work out, then self-publication might be an option. We'll see though! Sometimes the bends of life's road hold some interesting surprises.

    Thank you, guys, again! Best wishes for both of your writing!

    A fellow writer,

  5. Abigail, I read your post on Go Teen Write and found it very helpful, and thought-provoking, especially since I have been doing a lot of thoughts about publishing (this writer's workshop with the short story has been much of an eye-opener both in a positive and negative way... but I will have to tell you all about it via e-mail Lord willing).

    I think we all want so badly to get published, but sometimes we don't really weigh the costs, and throw ourselves in before we are ready in ourselves as you said.

    I think we need the Lord's wisdom in which path to take definitely and when, and He is good to lead us and guide us, if we ask Him.

    Thank you for sharing, Abigail :)


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I am a writer of historical fiction and fantasy, scribbling from my home in the United States. More importantly, I am a Christian, which flavors everything I write. My debut novel, "The Soldier's Cross," was published by Ambassador Intl. in 2010.
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The Soldier's Cross: Set in the early 15th Century, this is the story of an English girl's journey to find her brother's cross pendant, lost at the Battle of Agincourt, and of her search for peace in the chaotic world of the Middle Ages.
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Tempus Regina:Hurled back in time and caught in the worlds of ages past, a Victorian woman finds herself called out with the title of the time queen. The death of one legend and the birth of another rest on her shoulders - but far weightier than both is her duty to the brother she left alone in her own era. Querying.
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Wordcrafter: "One man in a thousand, Solomon says / will stick more close than a brother. / And it's worthwhile seeking him half your days / if you find him before the other." Justin King unwittingly plunges into one such friendship the day he lets a stranger come in from the cold. Wordcount: 124,000 words

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