So the new novel is finished and in the mail. My agent has it now. From there, who knows?
Anyone who has kept up with me here knows that the last five years have been, well, dismal publishing-wise. The situation became even more complicated in 2008 when the global economy fell into the toilet and publishing began to look like a front-line regiment in WWI. Everyone in the field watched in horror at the casualty figures as an industry that had seemed to be doing pretty well began hemorrhaging at the pores.
Naturally, I’ve been trying to think of What To Do Next in order to stave off professional oblivion. Writing one more novel that will likely end up sitting on someone’s desk for X number of years, unread, unrejected, and unbought (obviously) seems silly, unless I write it for pure love.
One notion is to do what a few others have done to some success. Put up a novel here, on my website, for free.
I need readers. I need a fan base. I need to get my work in front of people who might really like it.
So I’d like to hear what everyone thinks. (Yes, I actually have such a beast, about two-thirds completed. With enough interest, I would certainly finish the book sooner than later.)
I’ve never gotten a lot of commenter feedback here, so I don’t even know how many of you read me on any kind of regular basis. This might be a good time to make yourselves known and tell me what you think.