Surprise from the Indie Author.
I’ve writing about indie publishing for quite awhile now and have been exploring social media and promotion of various kinds. But for me, it’s a bit of a problem. I know that a lot of promotion and sales take place on the web and that, with ebooks, we may not really need publishers and literary agents. But is that true right now? Or is it getting that way/ For some people, indie publishing works but for others it can be a really slow slog.
So, I’ve come to some conclusions in this new year and I’d be interested in finding out what other writers think. For indie writers, we are still missing something really important. That is—we cannot get distribution except on the web. Also, we cannot have access to the world of the traditional media. Of course, we can podcast on the web and get reviews and interact with social networks [and that is all great] but somehow, I think we need both lots and lots of web activity, our books into bricks and mortar bookstores[even if those stores are threatened] and on radio and television.
I know the picture is changing and that so much activity has moved onto the web, but somehow, it doesn’t seem to be enough. Even those authors who have become successful on the web and have built a base with sales are often delighted when a traditional publishing house wants to re-issue the novel and really get behind its promotion. Otherwise, it seems as if many indie authors just don’t have the time and money to promote to the degree necessary to really get significant sales.
So, I’ve decided to search for a literary agent who might be able to get my novels to a traditional publisher. First, there’s The Osgoode Trilogy, comprised of Conduct in Question, Final Paradox and A Trial of One. This is the trilogy inspired by my thirty years of law practice—all in the legal suspense genre www.theosgoodetrilogy.com
And then, there’s the Trilogy of Remembrance. The Drawing Lesson, is the first and the next one, which will be available for publication in 2011, The Fate of Pryde. This is the world of art—not the law. As I edit and revise it, I’m finding that it’s the one I like best of all of them. www.thedrawinglesson.com
So, there’s a list of more than one thousand agents and, since it’s a matter of numbers, you can bet I’m working my way through it. If you hear of any agents or publishers out there looking for exciting novels, let me know. And, as always, I’d love to hear about your experiences.