I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website!
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk.
When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA about real things that have happened in the past, or made up things that could quite possibly happen in the future.
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012
Goals and Confessions Take 3
2011 was an interesting year for me. I started off 100% on the track to pursue traditional publishing and half way through jumped rails into self/indie publishing. A couple things brought that on, besides the whole publishing is being turned on its head thing.
1) I had three books go out on submission and none sold.
2) My second agent and I decided to part ways.
Two pretty good reasons to give self-publishing a go.
So, after being in the do-it-yourself throes for half a year, what do I think? I think it's pretty exciting. And I think it's pretty hard.
But not so hard that I won't keep going. I went into it knowing I'd be learning as I went a long, starting from a foundation of knowing basically nil. Now I'm going into 2012 with a foundation of some knowledge, a better strategy and more realistic expectations. I feel like 2012 is opportunity for a do over. I'm not going to waste the first half of the year waiting for someone else to make something happen for me. And what I do do for myself, I'll do smarter.
This doesn't mean I'm done with traditional publishing. I'm still of the philosophy that diversification is a good idea.
If the first part of this post was my confession, this part is my goals.
1) continue to self-publish the Clockwise series
1b) learn how to better market and publicize myself and my books.
2) self-publish middle grade book, It's a Little Haywire
3) pursue traditional publishing with current wip
4) pursue small press pub with historical YA when its ready
I'll stop there. If I can manage these in the year I'll be happy.
How about you? Do you have publishing goals and confessions for 2012?