I have a YA book sitting in a drawer at home. It’s sitting there because I couldn’t get an agent to pitch it to an editor. I had several agents that told me that they loved the book. But they couldn’t represent it because someone sold a book with a similar plot element (though it hasn’t been published yet). So I put the novel in a drawer.
My daughter thinks that’s absolutely ridiculous. She’s been hounding me the last few months to e-publish it. I’ve blown her off. She’s hounded me more. I made excuses. She shot them down.
1. Me: I’m too busy, Ariel: It’s summer. You’re not too busy.
2. Me: I’m not tech savy. Ariel: But I am, and I’ll do all the formatting.
3. Me: I can’t afford to have someone proofread it. Ariel: Mom, you worked for Harcourt as a professional writer/editor. I think you can probably proofread your own book. Besides the Chicago Manual of Style sits on your desk proudly stuffed with post-it flags.
This morning she hit me with a sheaf of pages. Printouts on everything from the tech aspects to the copyright to the front matter and back matter.
Now I have to ask myself “Why won’t I do this?” Maybe it’s pride. But e-pubbing is not a copout. Lots of well-published authors are now e-pubbing on their own. And I’m not giving up on traditional publishing—the “platypus” is currently on exclusive with an agent. But for YA, e-publishing is the perfect vehicle. So maybe it's time.
I’m 90% convinced. I’d love to hear what you all think.