...that took me five years to write, and has been done since November 2009. And by done, I mean that I wrote six drafts of it (a few completely from scratch) and when I put the final period on the last draft, the book was the book that I wanted it to be, maybe not perfect, but the book I wanted to write.He's got an agent, and the agent sent the book around, and it didn't sell. And now he is asking himself the very reasonable question of whether it is time to self-publish. Or, specifically,
in a world where the publishing industry is failing according to many and the means of production are available at a high level to everyone, should I release my book into the world to see how it fares and move on with my new projects, or is there a reason to keep pounding away at the traditional structure in the hopes of acceptance?And that is a very good question. I suspect that Jason has many novels in him, and eventually one of them is bound to find a home in the conventional publishing world. What it comes down to, though, is whether the stigma of self-publication harms the future chances of a new writer in that world.
There was a time when one might confidently say that yes, it would. But I'm not sure it does anymore, as the link between good writing and institutional stewardship of it grows weaker and weaker. And it's becoming possible to question, quite reasonably, what value that world has in the current climate of enthusiastic DIY publication and distribution. People are already getting used to the idea that small presses are as legitimate as their commerical counterparts; the major awards have been trending towards the indies for several years. If small presses are the new big houses, then who's to say that going it alone might soon be the new small press? We have a few readers who've been going it alone fairly successfully for some time...I wonder if any of you are thinking of following suit, and how you're choosing to do it.
Note: the photo is of Jason's last record as Sad Iron Music, available for download on his website--it's a good album, check it out.