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I know it’s the website’s one year anniversary and most of the entries are likely to be all primed for IWSG anthology of tips and all … but if my previous posts don’t give it away, things here have been a bit of a yo-yo emotionally. One minute, I’m good, everything’s going okay, I even got a few chapters done with Dark One’s Bride, then … well, then it’s not. It really, really isn’t.
#1 is book related and it’s been niggling in the back of my mind for some time. Just one question … However am I going to get the sequel to The Rogue King actually published?
For those not in the know, I’m self-publishing this four-book saga that’s been seventeen years in the making. Ever since I released the first book this April, the next book, The Shadow Prince, has been waiting for its turn to leap through that editing wringer and get itself a shiny cover (as is The Forgotten Queen, if I’m honest).
To begin with, I was aiming for publishing one book a year.
That costs money. No delusions there. And it was money I was in the process of saving up until the bed carked it and then my car chucked it’s toys not once, but twice in the last year. I won’t bore you with details of my financial life beyond saying there’s just no wriggle-room for what self-publishing another book would cost my family. If I had an extra year or two, I could … maybe … sort it myself by … yeah, 2016 at the earliest. And that’s only providing nothing else goes wrong in the meantime.
And don’t think I haven’t considered Kickstarter (now that kiwis can) to fund the important parts of getting The Shadow Prince published, because I have. It’s my only other option besides waiting and hoping no more roadblocks crop up. I’ve even got a page set up just waiting for me to hit ‘publish’. I even tweak it on my good days.
On the other hand, thinking about asking people for money like that is … let’s just say I have trouble asking anyone for anything.