There are times in a person's life when unusual things happen. Sometimes they only result in giving you one massive migraine! Such has been my week.
Since my last post, regarding my dilemma as to whether I should self-publish or go traditional, things have developed in the most extraordinary way.
Firstly, the well-known publishing consultant who was happy to charge me $1800 for editing and manuscript assessment, is now willing to lower her price to $1000. On top of that, she'd like to send my manuscript - together with her proposal - to forty US publishers, all for the same price! Since I don't have a chance of being published in my own country (Australia) as my manuscript is over 100,000 words, she thinks I have a much better chance in the States.
I was flabbergasted - for want of a better word - that she's willing to do that for me. Yes, I know she's gaining me as a client and it's all business, but does that mean she has faith in my book? Is this a good deal, and dare I trust her with my baby - my manuscript?
Secondly, I entered my book into a competition sponsored by the RWA (Romance Writers of Australia) but run by an English Publishing company. They're looking for 'The Next Best Australian Author."
Now, the amazing thing is, their guidelines specify it has to be work of fiction, set in Australia and one of the voices must be from the male protagonist's POV.
It's as if this competition was made specifically for me!
So, I sent in my synopsis and author bio. Within a few days, their asking for my entire manuscript. I'm on the short list!
Once again, I'm flabbergasted.
Now, I have wait till December for the winner to be announced.
In the meanwhile, what about the manuscript edit and those forty US publishers? What if one of them offers me a publishing deal before then? And what about CS? It's supposed to be released as an ebook on Kindle by September. Do I put them on hold?
I distinctly feel a migraine coming on!
If anyone has any brilliant ideas, please let me know.