People are already asking me why I’m self publishing The Grove. They are digging for dirt. Sorry, but there is no dirt. Nor have I “changed” sides since I have self published comics in the past.
As many of you know, I have two novels, Other Systems and The Light Side of the Moon, published by a small press, 48Fourteen. I have no industry horror stories. I have nothing negative at all to say about my publishing experience. It was great. I loved working with 48Fourteen.
Look I get it. Some people love being published. Some people love to self publish. I am not going to get into the argument of which is better. I am of the opinion that both published authors and self-published authors can co-exist and compliment each other. Some of the best panels I’ve been on as an author have had both, because we see different parts of the industry.
So on to my reasons:
Reason 1) The Grove is not for 48Fourteen. (I didn’t even send it to them, because cosmic horror is so far out of their wheelhouse.)
Reason 2) I am controlling the timing. As I’ve said, it will release on e-book and paperback September 13, 2016.
Reason 3) I want to experience each component of the post production book creation process. In traditional publishing, the publisher takes the financial and time risk for the book creation.
Reason 4) More information coming my way during the marketing campaign. Yes, I am doing a TON more work and taking the risk, but I am curious if I can figure out what works and what doesn’t. Whether my next book is traditionally published or self published, my goal is to gather information so I can use my time and resources more wisely.
Reason 5) Gnomes.