Of Self-Publishing

It’s a constant whisper each time I complete a query letter. Maybe, I should just do it myself. They might change the entire vision! I have specific interests, a certain image I think is vital for my book. Not for the story’s success, but for the contrasting imagery.


There are some authors who write novels and illustrate them accordingly. It achieves something that words alone cannot, or rather could, but would bog down the writing. Overly describing things is discouraged due to the slow pacing it can result in.

So by injecting artwork parallel to text one can achieve a greater vision. The readers will still use their imaginations–I know when I read books and there are character illustrations, my mind still puts twists on it.

But alas, many characters of mine, when imagined by many of my home country, I fear wouldn’t be seen the way I envisioned them. No matter how they are described. And one of the things I enjoy about reading is discovering appearances and things that I wouldn’t have considered. While I think my writing does convey the character’s and or places’ appearances, I find it prudent to produce pictorial art along with the text.2 Avatar Gnome no faeries

Yet, a publisher might hinder this vision. They mayn’t like the style. Perhaps it won’t sell in their minds. Given how difficult it is to find an agent, and I imagine just as time consuming to find a publisher; it constantly forces me to consider going at it on my own. For if i finally find an agent interested in my work, but I am not interested in the agent, then dozens more rejections may pass before I potentially find another.

From the cover, to illustrations–even the title. All could be reworked, and the image I have may be lost. While the story may remain, the pictorial design might just blend into the illustrations of thousands of books of my genera.

My apologies for this unpolished mess. Just thinking aloud. Sandra and Professor

If you have similar thoughts please share! I’d be quite delighted.


Of Self-Publishing

Why I didn’t hire a proofreader for my novel

This is insightful.
Due to the price of WhiteSmoke right now, I’m not in a good financial state to spend $79.95 annually (I’m assuming WhiteSmoke is up and running again).

However, I’m willing to see about alternatives.

Into Another World

The other day I read a blog about the importance of hiring someone to edit your book before publishing it. The writer couldn’t fathom any reason an author would not put out their best work which in her opinion meant having a professional editor review the book before publication.

While I agree that putting a professional, well-polished, grammatically correct novel should be the goal of all authors, I do, however, understand why someone wouldn’t hire a proofreader or copy editor.

Money. Pure and simple, I believe it is a financial issue. It doesn’t have anything to do with not valuing their work or not being a professional. Hiring a professional to review your book is not cheap.  I am one of those authors who didn’t have someone proof my first novel, Summoned, before I self-published it, and money is the reason why.

Now before we go any further, let…

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Why I didn’t hire a proofreader for my novel

Pinup Madness

Okay… the title is a bit more ‘exciting’ than it actually is but,

Pinup pieces of two of the major characters in my Yet-Published Novel.

The book in question has… well nothing to do with pinup art. Has alchemists and magic though.

I adore pinup work and I think it can be incredibly delightful. I don’t know if I’ll use these on my sites promoting my book. But, I have to say, creating them has been terribly fun.

Also, interesting–as I wouldn’t normally be drawing lingerie or anything.

Anyhow, that’s all. Sorry for the ramble.