I've made some drastic and exciting changes in my publishing plans this week. As I blogged about early in February, I planned to submit Every Tear to OakTara as soon as Mom and I finished with it. Well, editing, since it's so important, has lasted longer than I originally thought it would, but it's turning out to be what I think is a really good thing. I do still plan to submit my manuscripts to OakTara eventually, but I've decided to go about publishing my books in a different way. I'm going to print them through Amazon's Createspace. Createspace is not technically a publisher, just a printer so in other words, interior and cover design is all up to me. I basically do all the work and don't have to pay anything for them to print my books. The books will only be available through Amazon and myself, no distributors, but I think this is a good choice for me right now since I sell The Pirate Daughter's Promise mostly through Amazon and by hand anyway. This also does not stop me from being able to submit my manuscript elsewhere since I keep all rights to my book. I know self-published books aren't widely respected in the writing community, but I think this is the direction I should go. What played a part in the decision is it's really been weighing on me lately how long it would take to get Every Tear published with a traditional publishing company if it was accepted. At least a whole year. I was praying about it, but didn't really see any alternative (I wished I could publish again with Pleasant Word, but I can't afford that). Then, two days ago, I just happened across a book that was published with Createspace and started looking into it. I was drawn to the fact that it's free unless you upgrade to the pro plan to get better royalties and discounts (which I will) for only $39. As much as I would love to become a successful author like Lori Wick and others, right now I feel it's more important just to get my books and message out to the people who really want it and I can do it this way.
So, good news for everyone who has been waiting for so long to read Every Tear. Mom and I are nearly finished editing so I can soon start getting the book ready to print on Createspace. The whole process there should take little time, so Every Tear will likely be available within the next month or two if everything goes smoothly. I can hardly wait for everyone to read it. And I also plan to have A Captain's Heart come out in a few months so you can be looking forward to that as well (and a sneak peak of its first chapter at the end of Every Tear ).
As an added bonus, here is a short synopsis of Every Tear. It's only the first draft and I have some work to do on it, but it will give you a good idea of what the book will be about.
Who was he really? Who had his parents been? Why had they left him to grow up as an orphan with no one to call family? It didn’t seem as if anything could ever answer those questions for William James. Yet, aside from the nagging and sometimes troubling memories and questions of his unknown past, life for Will over the past year has been truly blessed. His relationship with Skye grows daily as he plans and prepares a future life for them. But all he envisioned is suddenly endangered by an unexpected stranger with a shocking identity. Will learns more than he ever thought he’d ever know about his past, but it comes at a steep price when he and everyone closest to him are thrown into the middle of a dangerous and mysterious plot that threatens all their lives.
Every Tear, the sequel to The Pirate Daughter’s Promise, is an example of how God never leaves our side, even in the midst of our most troubling and sorrowful moments, and takes every tear into account.