Since publishing my first novel at the end of April, I haven’t had time to do much in the way of writing; at least not in terms of writing a second novel. Leaving aside the personal circumstances that (as usual) have been constraining my time and ability to focus on my fiction writing, the other factor that had been preventing me from starting any meaningful work on a second book was my indecision concerning what story I want to tell next. I began outlining two stories at the same time until I could make a decision about which of the two I wanted to proceed with. Fortunately, that decision has now been made.
I have reluctantly come to the conclusion, recently, that I have a self-promotion problem, one that is potentially insurmountable. That problem, in a nutshell, is me; or more to the point my personality. I am what is known as an introvert. (People frequently mistake introversion for shyness, which is incorrect. For a more accurate insight into the psyche of an introvert check out this Huffington Post article.) One of the consequences of this character trait is that I really dislike being the centre of attention. In fact, I go out of my way to avoid bringing attention to myself. Now you’re probably beginning to see my problem.
So, I’ve been sitting on the ebook edition of my novel for a couple of weeks, waiting for the completion of a front cover design I was pleased with. Now that the waiting is finally over, I am seriously contemplating having the book published sometime next week. I will probably make up my mind first thing tomorrow as to whether to do so, or hold off for a little while longer.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you can’t have failed to notice that the publishing industry has experienced significant changes during this period. The advent of the e-reader and, subsequently, the ebook market that online retailer, Amazon, was at the forefront of establishing has been a disruptive game changer.
Once upon a time, the traditional publishers were the sole gatekeepers of the publishing world. What we were able to read was ultimately decided by the publishers because they determined which authors, and which books got published. Today, this is no longer the case. The new status quo, ushered in by the ebook revolution, has created new opportunities for authors and readers alike. Self-publishing is now very much a viable alternative to traditional publishing, providing options that weren’t previously available.