that is the question. I’ve been thinking about this for about a year now and am closer to saying yes than I ever have been.
most of my problem is a lack of patience. I have (in my opinion) three really good novels just sitting on my hard drive collecting virtual dust as I query agent after agent trying to get a “professional” to look at them. if they fit Torquere’s bill, I would’ve submitted all of them long before now, but they don’t. I might be queer, but most of my novels don’t fit that genre.
and I know, everyone says that persistence is the key and that rejections are a part of life as a writer (I certainly have enough to qualify as a “real” writer at this point)… but they aren’t anymore, are they? not if you self-publish.
on the one hand, I really, really want to go the traditional route and get that writing contract with one of the Big 6. I want to have an agent and a shiny advance and some Big Shot in NYC asking, “when’s your next novel going to be done?” because we have a three-book deal and they want the next book nownownow.
on the other hand, self-publishing isn’t the bastard step-child anymore. there are a lot of really great books being self-published every day by great writers who eschew the traditional route. and the lucky some who do so only to catch the attention of the Big 6 and land a contract that way.
my current line of thinking is this… enter Fluctuations into the amazon breakthrough novel award contest and see if that gets any traction. if it doesn’t, save up money for some advertising and self-publish it just to see what happens. I haven’t decided for sure, but that’s the current game plan.
anyone who wants to read a good blog post about this should hit up: http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2011/12/why-one-author-chose-traditional.html