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Why I self-published
4/3/2012 8:03:22 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Publishers simply don't have the time or the resources to publish every book that comes across their desks. You can either accept the rejection and leave your book in the dark or you can roll up your sleeves and be your own publisher. This way you are in control and who else is going to give your book the attention it deserves.
I have been writing for about 10 years now. I started out writing picture books but realized it was very difficult to break into the market. A publisher told me to write novels for childrens and teens as publishers were more likely to accept them. He explained this was because pictures are so expensive to produce and that publishers only produced a few picture books a year. I did not think I had a novel in me. It seemed such a daunting task but I started out with a few pages and then built on them. I added characters and interesting side stories that propelled the plot forward and kept the action moving. The result is Because of the Moon. I am now working on a follow up novel titled "The Copper Raven".

The Children's writing list on Yahoo, the SCBWI, and the UBC writing centre have been instrumental in the progress I have made. Although self-published I have sold hundreds of copies on Amazon and feel like I am a successful writer. These books would never have been seen or read by someone if I didn't have to courage to self-publish.

I have just recently been invited to participate in an author panel review at my local library.

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More Blogs by C J Cutayne
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• Because of the Moon - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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