Regular readers of this blog are aware of my long-term trepidations about moving away from my 30-year association with traditional, mainstream publishing and trying the DIY route. After two years of sloppy and rude behavior from the traditional publishers who have seen “Blossom,” I have given up.
I have signed to go with the Author House program for both hardbound and paperback POD books, and uploading the novel to all the various eReader formats.
So far it feels really, really strange. Not at all what I am used to. Which is: they pay me up front, but then take complete control of the book and publishing process, leaving me out of the loop except for an occasional courtesy contact.
In this case, I am paying them up front, and I am expected to do much of the work always done by the publisher in the past. There is both a feeling of power and of intimidation.
I will try to post information about the process along the way, in case any of you are so inclined.
Meanwhile, “Blossom,” my novel (that began as a memoir) about the early days of the Civil Rights movement in one small Arkansas town, and the exile who tries to go home again, will be available in both print and digital formats in a couple of months.
Watch this space.