Mocha Nihilism – my intentions

I’m about halfway through my rewrite of Mocha Nihilism (still, but getting back to it now!), and after reading this post by the lovely Linda, I’ve made a decision and I wanted to publicly declare it.

I’m going to self publish the novella.

It’s something I’ve contemplated for awhile, and I think a novella is the perfect way to dip my toes into the self publishing world. Very soon I am going to have a really fun, enjoyable novella complete and ready for an audience. Initially I’d planned simply to give this to some of my friends and family for a Christmas present, Β but it seems like an awful waste to limit it’s audience like that.

So I read Linda’s post, then had a look around at e-publishers and print markets to see if there was anywhere it might fit. The markets are limited, and really? Most E-publishers aren’t offering great royalties, you have to do the bulk of the marketing yourself anyways, I might as well retain full creative control and do it all. I am not afraid of being accountable for the outcome, whether it’s positive or negative – in fact, either way, it’s a learning curve and I’ll get SOMETHING out of the process.

So there we have it. I’m excited by the prospect of having something more substantial than a short story out in the world, available to the masses. I’ve got a lot of work to do before it’s ready to launch, but the pieces seem to be falling into place. I have ideas for the cover, and a willing model to help me bring it to life, ideas about promotion and marketing – it really is exciting. I’ve made the decision to go e-book only, and realize I am thereby cutting out many friends and family who only do print books – but that’s a choice I can live with.

What about you? Ever thought of self pubbing? I am still going to try the traditional route with my next novel, but in the meantime, it’s really very exciting to be doing something towards getting my words in the hands of others.


6 thoughts on “Mocha Nihilism – my intentions”

  1. Congratulations for moving forward! My husband pointed out to me today my weakness in that function. πŸ˜‰

    I’m curious, are you going to go for the 70% royalty at Amazon? And I don’t have a Kindle, or such, but I’m using the Kindle for PC reader and picking up an ebook when I can. And you know what I think is great is you can download a sample chapter or two before you decide to buy.

    And thank you for the mention. πŸ™‚

    1. I’ll go through Kindle as well as using Smashwords I think. Doing lots of reading between now and then though. I still have to finish the rewrite! lol
      I should be thanking you for giving me the nudge I needed to make the decision! So, thanks πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Kerryn. It’s so weird thinking about selling something to someone I know… but I guess if I give it to everyone I won’t make anything lol

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