Update on the novel

I’ve done more basement updates lately than novel updates, but don’t let that fool you. The novel I started during NaNoWriMo is progressing, not as fast as I’d like, but at a pretty good pace.

I wrote just over 50,000 words in the month of November. In December and the first few days of January, I’ve added about 21,000 words to that count. And I’m closing in on the conclusion of the story.

I still think that when I go back and revise, I’ll end up adding significantly to the word count as I fill in some gaps. I’m sure I’ll have to kill some darlings, too, reducing the word count, but my estimate is that I’ll end up with a 90,000 to 110,000-word novel.

Right this very instance, my inclination at that point is to self-publish, both ebook and paperback. I’ve got what I think is a very decent idea for a cover and a graphic artist friend willing to produce it. I’m somewhat reluctant to go that route, because self-publishing has the taint of … well, the taint of the vanity press. Paying someone to publish your work is right up there with paying for other things that grown men should never have to pay for. But that’s the thing. Self-publishing today doesn’t require a huge upfront investment. Ebook publishing is essentially free (except for things like getting a decent cover and copy editing – both of which are important). And you can even go the paperback route with on-demand production that eliminates a lot of uncompensated costs.

There is a lot — an awful lot — of really bad self-published stuff out there right now. But, you know what? There’s also a lot — an awful lot — of really bad publisher-published stuff out there right now. Have you read 50 Shades of Grey? 

So, I think I might give the self-publishing route a try. If you’d be interested in being a beta-tester and giving the novel an initial read (after the first rewrite; I’d only subject my wife and good friends who volunteer for it to the NaNoWriMo rush of words), let me know.

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