This is a bit of a followup of yesterday’s post, trying to pull together all the threads of how I’m approaching self-publishing.
I’m a maverick. I’ve been a maverick from early childhood, from the first time someone told me to do something that made no sense, and I said NO. I have to do things my own way, even if I suffer for it, so I’ve learned to accept the consequences of my own actions or inactions. In the runup to publishing my first novel, I’ve naturally been doing a lot of self-examination, trying to figure out how much being a maverick is going to help or hurt me as a writer. The truth is, I don’t know, and won’t know until I have at least two or three novels out there. That’s the long-term. For the short-term, the publication of Hidden Boundaries should provide some indications of whether I’m on the right track or completely off the track.
The three fundamental facts about what I’ve been doing: 1. I’ve ignored the near-mandatory social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and have had a minimal and usually brief presence on forums where writers get together. 2. Instead of socializing, I’ve posted early drafts of my fiction online where it can be read. 3. I’m writing books that, for the most part, don’t fit in any particular genre, or meet the average reader’s expectations for the particular subject matter.
So, the question is open: Is it possible to defy the self-publishing gurus and win? Either way, I’ll have had an interesting life. How many people can say that?