So I asked J. A. to share about her experience with becoming published and here's what she had to say....
BEING PUBLISHED—IS IT ALL THAT?
Well, what do you think?
I never dreamed I’d be published. Not when I first began writing. It all started out as a hobby for a bored stayed-at-home mum with far too many daydreams to send her insane. Only when I created Darkness & Light did the notion of being published begin to formulate—because for the first time, I’d created something I wasn’t ashamed to share beyond my sister and best friend.
I could bore you all with tales of my journey to being published but they’re exactly that: boring. I submitted to lots of agents. Got rejected by them all. Submitted to lots of publishers who accepted unsolicited manuscripts. Got rejection after rejection.
And then I got a yes.
Was it an easy ride?
Agents and publishers combined, I submitted and got rejected close to 100 times. And, as in the UK barely any of them accept emailed submissions, the entire process of being told ‘thanks but no thanks’ took a long time. In fact, I think I spent around 20 months reading rejections letters.
They didn’t stop me though. I believed in Darkness & Light, dammit. And just as I was looking into the possibility of self-publishing, J.Taylor Publishing offered me a contract.
I didn’t go running over the hills, waving it in my hand like a lunatic. I carefully read the contract many times over a 24 hour period and made absolutely certain I wouldn’t be signing anything away I didn’t want to be. Only when 100% sure I was happy with what they had to offer did I sign and return the contract. And that was when I ran spasmodically around town telling anyone who’d listen.
It’s been an uphill climb from there. But in a totally scream-worthy and exhilarating kind of way. Because one has to go uphill to reach the dizzying heights, right?
My experiences with an Indie Publisher have been more fun than I imagined, smoother sailing than I’d ever have hoped for, and the support I’ve received has surpassed what I have a right to expect.
Yes, the publishing experience is a lot different to that with the big publishing houses. But, even though the Indie reach is not as great, they are fast becoming more widely recognised and accepted—especially by readers. And aren’t they who we’re supposed to care about?
The thing is, different writers have different goals/objectives/dreams when they decide to pursue the route of publishing. They have a different view on what constitutes success. If they’re aiming to make it big, become a star, be swept along in a best sellers campaign then yep, they’re going to want to chisel away at all those barriers blocking you from garnering a Big6 contract.
That wasn’t me.
My goal was small. After all, I write for pleasure first and foremost so earning money from it was never my primary reason for wanting to be published. The appeal of being published was wholly to do with the chance to have at least one person I didn’t know buy my book, and love it enough that they didn’t regret having bought it. Or having a paperback copy make it into the home of someone in the States, simply so I could smile at the thought of something created by me finding a place with someone across the pond. Or to have just one stranger come along and say, ‘Hey, read your book, thought it was awesome’.
I’ve achieved all three of those. And then some.
So, yeah: being published is most certainly all that.
You can keep up with J.A. at http://www.jabelfield.com/, http://jabelfield.wordpress.com/ and https://twitter.com/#!/JABelfield.
So on to the giveaway!!! Simply leave a post comment letting me know if you'd like to be entered for the e-book, bookmark (pictured above) or both. Make sure to leave an email or another way for me to contact you should you win. The winner will be chosen on Monday, January 30. And as an added bonus, Stop by J. A.'s tomorrow for another giveaway (a Darkness & Light t-shirt!!!!).