But only four of those seven years were spent on research and writing: it took me three years to find an agent; work with her on revisions; send the manuscript out to editors; get precariously close to an offer (twice); research the self-publishing business; hire professionals to edit and format the manuscript and design its cover; and, finally, publish the novel.
What I like to say about this process is: I’m now both a writer and a small business owner.
It has been an interesting and fulfilling journey. Thieving Forest has sold over six times as many books as my first, traditionally published mystery sold. It’s made me question some business practices I took for granted, and find new ones I had never considered. I feel as though I’m an expert now in this slice of the publishing business — until I remember that it changes day by day! But it’s exciting to be part of an industry in flux.
To mark this one-year anniversary, I’m giving away three signed copies (either paperback or hardcover — winner’s choice) of Thieving Forest. Thanks to everyone who has made this year so successful!
To sign up for the giveaway, please enter your name below. Winners will be notified September 1st. Good luck!