As of May I've made a decision I never thought I'd make. Last week I decided to put my agent plans on hold and with it sending any manuscript to big publishing houses. My focus has shifted and I feel focusing more on my self-publishing is more ideal. I still have two manuscripts I'd like to submit to small publishers when they're ready but aside from that I've decided to focus on my self-published work and save the agent search for late 2014, early 2015. This was a surprise even for me because I must admit that at the start of this blog one of my dreams being published by one of the well known publishing houses. I still wanted to self-publish but that was one of my main publishing goals. Then I found out how truly important agents were and knew I'd need one to achieve my goal.
But now things have changed, I'm really enjoying the process of self-publishing even though there is a hard and tiring side of it. And now I want to make it my main focus. In my goals for 2013 I posted about completing and getting an agent for Escaping Wonderland. While I still plan to finish this stand alone novel, I'll have to decide whether to put it on hold until I'm ready to find an agent or self-publish it sometime in 2015 (sorry but 2014 will be packed with promotion and self-publishing the rest of The Sacrifice Series and my novel Snow). This change just feels right and I believe it will remove the pressure of trying to keep up with both self-publishing and working for a traditional press if my manuscript of picked up. While I still pan to make submissions to small presses, I can do that in my own time.
Now to stop talking about myself and bring in another author who is on a different leg with her writing journey...
Book Release: Jewel of Shaylar
Jewel of Shaylar by Laura Eno is out today and I'm participating in the book release.
Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.
Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches.
David's arrival into this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.
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Laura Eno Bio:
Laura Eno. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you could find your way down the rabbit hole.