So, on our vacation in January I spent time researching companies that help with self-publishing, and ran across a publishing company that accepts manuscripts directly, without an agent. They are a marketing firm but decided to publish books. I couldn’t believe what I read, acknowledging that writing and marketing are two different skill sets; they want to free authors to do what they do best and leave the marketing to them. Unbelievable.
I couldn’t send the Horse Thief 1898 manuscript right away because I had asked two musicians for feedback on the many musical references in the book. But I did send it a week ago. The company asks for six weeks to make a decision, which takes us to mid-March. If they say no, all I will have lost is six weeks of time. But if they say yes I will be delighted.
Meanwhile, I’m having fun with Treasure Hunt 1904. It’s a very different book. It takes place entirely between April and August of 1904 and is a treasure hunt, in southern Idaho! I’m constantly surprised by what happens and the people Cally and Charlie meet along the way.
I hope you are finding beauty in these winter months.