Since I was a teen, I’ve been pursued by ideas—stories—that had to be written. I’ve started multiple manuscripts in various genres from young adult to science fiction, mystery and children’s books. The generic reject letters from the “old guard” publishers—who never even read my cover letter—seemed to come back to me almost before I sent the queries. Then I discovered that the self-publishing industry was beginning to re-invent itself. Could I adjust my old paradigms and consider options beyond the gates of publishing “houses?”
Because the very nature of being a writer takes place in what I fondly label solitary confinement—poised behind a desk with pen and paper in hand or wrists resting on the computer keyboard—most writers work alone. This self-imposed cocoon is great for the flow of creativity, but harmful when we’re ready to face the new hurdle of how to make this novel (poetry book, cookbook, short story anthology, etc.) available to the Readers. That is when my librarian’s words became golden advice: “Why don’t you try the writer’s workshop we’re hosting?”
Magic happened! Since 1976, I was nestled in a group of very active writers—a producing writers workshop—where everyone became “published” in one form or another. We helped each other find our niché in such publishing arenas as newspaper columns, poetry chapbooks, cookbooks and magazines. We grew in our writing skills and nurtured each other along through gentle critique. TIME has now taken many of this group home. However, the impassioned determination to write and publish remains strong within me.
I have expanded my writing horizons by attending Writers Conferences, selecting workshops specific to my genre and rubbing elbows with published writers, editors, literary agents, creative writing consultants and marketing experts. These conferences are great for building up a writers’ knowledge base of the publishing world and finding encouragement. Can a publisher—from a publishing house—be found there? Yes.
Am I just as passionately determined to write my books and get them published as I was forty years ago? No. Even though I can still see my book-child smothered under piles of other manuscripts only to find breathing room a year (or two) after I submit it to a publishing house, I am even more resolute to get my work in print and IN the hands of readers!
The GOOD NEWS is—the World of Publishing has changed! Writers now have a great option to self-publish! The old stigmas associated with self-publishing have all but disappeared being replaced by exciting new ways to print, distribute and market—and even catch the eye of film producers. And possibly best of all, writers can now retain ALL their rights and control of their own creations. From my impassioned and determined perspective, tomorrow is here today in the self-publishing business. My first book—FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words—was released in May 2015! WHEN will yours be released? ⚓︎
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.
Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.