Here I sit, Pinot Noir in hand, ready to work on the next installment of the Ohmygod saga. The story is certainly near the end of the three-week odyssey, but there are still a few stories to tell and guffaws to be had.
I realized, however, after the last installment, that I passed the 100,00 word plateau for the story. For me, that is obviously a milestone, but it is also significant in another way: many (most) novels are at least that long.
Many people along the way (you know who you are) have suggested that I make this long running series into a novel. Some (the more inebriated among you) have even suggested that this story might make a compelling movie. While I am not quite sure of the viability of either, I thought I should at least look into the possibilities surrounding the former.
I have never published a book; I have not even tried. I did look into it a while ago, but the company that I called harassed me endlessly for months, calling about every other day—and I had not even sent them any of my work yet, I had just made a simple inquiry. Perhaps needless to say, that episode soured me on the idea.
For whatever reason, I am back in the “I should look into publishing” frame of mind and that is why I am turning to you, faithful reader. Might you have any suggestions as I pursue this? I am really looking for any advice as I literally have no idea where to start. Here are some of the questions worming their way through my thoughts:
- Traditional publishing or self-publish?
- Do I need to “finish” the story before I approach someone about publishing?
- Should I keep publishing “free” chapters on my blog?
- Would any of you actually buy the “book” (whatever form it takes)?
- Is going through it worth all the time and effort?
There are several other questions as well, but those five are the most prevalent. So if you have any suggestions, advice, encouragement, wisdom, I would love to hear it either as a comment below, or an email (jeff (at) thedrunkencyclist (dot) com).