So there’s been a change of plans with Renfred’s Masquerade. There’s a strong possibility that the book will be traditionally published. I’ve been scouring self-publishing sites, and while I’m very comfortable going indie in e-book format, the print option’s turning out to be a real pain, and it’s less about the headaches of formatting for print and more about distribution. So far Createspace was the best option I could find, but unless I force readers to purchase print copies of my book from one place (Amazon), I have to pay them yearly for each book in order for them to give me a wider distribution.
Considering how teeny-tiny the market is for LGBT YA historical fantasy, I’m looking at losing more money in producing and distributing the darned book in print. :S E-book sales might be skyrocketing, but not everyone owns an e-reader, and a good number of folks still prefer to read print books. Offering them print copies of my novel is the least I could do for them.
So I decided to start with the submission process, and so far I’ve got one small press who responded to an inquiry I made regarding authors with their own commissioned cover art, and the response I got was strong interest in publishing the book. Of course, I’ll be submitting the polished manuscript to them, but they’ll still have to decide whether or not they’d want to go forward with releasing it. I hope so, anyway! :)
So watch this space for updates on that. In revision news, I’m more than halfway through, and I can’t wait to give it an editorial sweep afterward (revisions =/= edits), before sending it out for consideration.
Over at Twitter, Roger Ebert posted his review of Mozart’s Sister, which I’ve never heard about till now and which I’m just dying to watch. Naturally, I don’t see it listed anywhere here in the Bay Area, so I’ve no idea if it’ll be released here eventually or at all. I hope so, anyway, as the premise looks amazing.
It’d be fascinating to see the Mozart family “in action,” especially from Nannerl’s perspective, considering the severe limits placed on women back then. The movie definitely feeds my passion for historical fiction and film not my passion for writing historical fiction. I think that part of me has long crossed the black waters of Styx. That said, there’s nothing wrong in exploring similar themes in historical fantasy. :)