To Hang or Not To Hang

At the age of 63 the knowledge that tempus fugit is never far from my mind. And that’s one reason I’ve been considering publishing my novel online as an E-Book.

I’ve learned a lot about the business of writing – mostly via agent blogs and other writers’ publications. And I think my novel is almost to the point of being a good read. At least that’s my hope. I’ve had a couple of disinterested folks critique the first fifty pages, I’ve edited the thing until I can quote whole chapters from memory, I’ve submitted it to a couple of the more prestigious contests, and I get consistently positive feedback. So what’s holding me back? One word – status.

The problem with becoming one of the growing number of self-published is that to the purists it makes her seem unwilling to “pay her dues.” It puts her in the category of the fifth grade bully who insists on cutting in line. And it smacks of a smidgen of arrogance.

So why would I even consider it? Simple – I’d like to have someone besides myself read my stuff before I die of old age.

Okay, okay. I’ll think about it a bit more before I decide. But only a bit.

Watch this space.

4 thoughts on “To Hang or Not To Hang”

  1. Have you sent a manuscript to a regular publisher? Sorry if you’ve already mentioned this, but when I copyrighted some computer code several years ago I got a bunch of bundles in snail mail with big envelopes from various publishers asking me to send them my manuscript.

    Have you submitted it and have been rejected or have you not submitted it. I have read some of your writing and it is very good, better than many published authors I have read and I do quite a lot of reading.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Victor. Thoughtful of you to take the time to read my blog and respond.
      To answer your question, I’ve pitched my manuscript to several agents, but not directly to publishers. It is my understanding that most publishers will not look at or even accept un-agented things. To date I’ve had no takers. I’ve had responses from some agents, but not even a peep from others. I’ve looked at going directly to publishers, but many of them say on their websites “Not accepting unsolicited ms.” I made the determination long ago not to use a “Vanity Press” to self-publish. But the online stuff seems to be somewhat acceptable.

      Thanks again for the comment.

  2. Hi Olive,

    I too read your blog. I have a friend whose 14 yr old granddaughter published a book and sold it through If you are interested, I will find out how she went about it.


    1. Thank you for your comment, Jane. And thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.
      I’d very much like to hear how your friend’s granddaughter did her own publishing. Thanks for the offer! Best to you.

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