Like everyone else getting into the self-publishing world, I’m learning as I go about how to make my work available and create as many opportunities as possible for someone to find it. I’ve now put The Facebook Genocide out on Smashwords, from where it will hopefully get to Barnes and Noble, and on Goodreads, where if anyone ever reads it I hope to get some reviews.
There’s an interesting balance to be struck as you go down the self-publishing road in that the time taken to organize and promote your work on the internet is time taken away from finishing new work. A wise man has already talked about this balancing act, and his choice to spend more time completing and making a body of work available than promoting the heck out of one or two works. It’s advice I intend to take. For me, this is more about finally getting out stories I’ve developed over decades and which have languished in desk drawers and forgotten folders on hard drives. It’s about giving them a chance to be read.
And so I’ve already moved on to the next work – the Dark Streets part of the title of this blog. It’s a novel-length story about near-future London that’s been gestating for a long time as a series of inter-connected short stories. I found a way to tie them together as one long narrative, and so I’m rewriting them into a coherent single story with multiple threads. My current plan is to publish Dark Streets at the end of August.
After that it’ll be time for Shadow Paths, a young adult story that I wrote about 8 years ago. It needs an extensive rewrite and I’m eager to get to it, but as I wrote in my first blog post this is a journey of a thousand li and I need to take it one step at a time…