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Decisions….Decisions!

Okay, so I’ve decided to self publish. Yes, I’m sending my work to agents and publishers. Yes, I’m constantly editing my manuscripts to make them tighter, better. Yes, I’m getting some fantastic feedback in the form of high quality rejection letters…any of you authors out there know that a high quality, personal rejection is much easier to swallow than a ‘form’ rejection. UGH!   But all in all, a good rejection doesn’t put money in your pocket.

So, as I said, I’ve decided to try the self publishing route. E-books and print on demand from both Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (Nook).

The dilemma? Choosing a genre for my stories. They contain suspense and romance but I’ve been told they don’t exactly qualify as Romantic Suspense. WTH??? So, I kick into research mode and pull up all sorts of articles stating the differences between Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Mystery, etc.

What it comes down to is this…I write fiction. I write from both the women’s and men’s points of view. They have romance, some have mysteries, all have a little suspense, but not as the main storylines. The five (and a half) books I’ve written are a series, in that each book will have characters that are included in the following book.  I’ve even found a fantastic name for the series that works in the Lousiana story settings.  I call it “La Fleur de Love” series. My books are novels, because they all come in between 90,000 to 100,000 words. They have subplots with multiple characters and storylines.  The problem is, I can’t seem to follow the strict guidelines called for by the industry for one particular genre. So what does a rambling, rebel writer such as myself do in this situation?

She sells it as Mainstream Women’s Fiction. Why? Because it allows me to do what I do best in writing, which is to bend the rules…color outside the lines…have some fun with my stories.

All I can do now is get them out there, and hope I find a family of readers who have as much fun reading my work as I have writing it.

Later,
Lori

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7 thoughts on “Decisions….Decisions!

  1. I just had an ugly realization reading this post. I think I might run into the same problem as you:P I have a main story line, a red thread, but there are also the stories of the individual characters, their fears, pasts, hopes and dreams. Guess I should start to look into self publishing too. Scary thought really:P

    • It’s not that there aren’t publishers out there accepting Women’s Fiction, it’s that most of them don’t accept unagented work. And maybe if I keep sending out for the next year or two, I’ll finally find one. But WHAT IF I self pub and build up a fan base right now? I figure, it can’t hurt, right? Maybe a big house would want me after that. Or maybe I could start up my own publishing house to accept all the misfit manuscripts out there that are really great stories, but don’t fit those other publishers strict guidelines. Ahhh…it’s only a dream now….but who knows what the future holds? If we don’t set foot out of our cozy little environments every now and then, we miss out on all sorts of wonderful possibilities, right?
      Thanks for the comment!

      • Definitely! People who don’t dare to stick their nose out from their comfort zone don’t know what they are missing! I have read wonderful adventures on the internet, but no publishers that wants them:(
        I really hope a publisher will have me and my story, I have grown to love my characters and I want to make them immortal:)

  2. Good for you. 🙂 I always believed it was women’s/mainstream fiction. I think I even told you that when you first started submitting. But anyway, good for you for doing what needs to be done!

    So, you never told me about who is helping you with your covers…….I’m thinking of getting a photographer friend of mine to help me. BUT I still have a longer way to go than you do, and I won’t be doing everything via epub/self pubbing. Hopefully we will both have success in this endeavor.

    HUGS
    Trish

  3. Thanks for all your support, hon, and Joan Granger is going to help me out with it. She can get me close, anyway. I still have alot to learn!
    Lori

  4. I am also Lori Leger.. I love words and stories. Contact me if you like, we can talk. Yours, Lori, NH

    • Hey Lori, it’s a great name, isn’t it? Not nearly as rare as it used to be. Are you a writer too?
      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you…I was having trouble with this blog and couldn’t access it for awhile. Thought I’d have to shut it down, but I sure as heck didn’t want to with all the followers I had.
      Lori

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