I’ve just about decided on this one:
Let me know what you think.
Although my agent liked the initial manuscript, she felt it was a bit to non-PC (she never quite said it that way, but there were more than a few comments along the lines of, “Well, we need to change this, because it will just make editors angry,” and as the revision process continued, I began to realize that the book was turning into something I neither wanted to write, nor, likely, would want to read.
So I pulled out of the process, and will bring it to market myself through Amazon and other outlets. I’m doing the final polish, getting some blurbs from well known folks to help with the PR campaign, and taking care of all the little niggling details that publishers normally handle. Nonetheless, I can do them a lot faster than they can – I created that cover in a couple of hours using Gimp (it’s free!), and it’s no worse than something they’d waste several hundred to a few thousand, plus three or four months on.
Anyway, even if I were to sell it tomorrow to a normal publishing house, it would be years before it actually came out. And I’m getting too old to wait that long. So give me another month to wrap everything up, and you’ll be able to get it off Amazon for $3.99, which is about 12 bucks less than you’d pay for hardcover, and eight or nine less than paper.
The ebook version will come first, and then there will be a POD (print on demand) paper version I’ll probably price in at around 13 bucks (not a regular paperback, but a trade paper, which is about the size of a regular hardcover, minus the hard covers).
The other (I hope) benefit – you’ll be getting the pure me, unfiltered through the refined sensibilities of a bunch of (mostly) Ivy League-Seven Sisters progressive young women – for whatever you think that’s worth. It’s worth something to me, at least. My self respect.