Abbye learned to speak Croatian at a young age with her step-grandfather who took a boat across the sea to come to the United States when he was fourteen years old. Her sense of family and missing the old times with her grandfather prompted her to write her first book about a Croatian motorcycle club in the US.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Evidently the first book in my series - "The Secrets I Keep" is too much for the publishers I've submitted to. Now, granted, I didn't go for Big 5, as I don't want an agent.

And, I'm 100% OK with the 100% rejection. Here's why:

No one bashed the writing or the format or the way it sounded. Their beef wasn't with the way I write. It was that this book is going to cause some notice IF it lands in the right hands. As a publisher, this should be good. Right?

Well, sometimes.

See? IF this series gets the notice I hope it will, it's going to be more than a little controversial. I've made some unique characters (in my mind anyway) and some very unique situations - some that are definitely NOT for the weak at heart.

So, I'm actually rather excited that every publisher was afraid it would be "too much" for their audience and worried about the potential criticism and backlash from it.

I'm happy to self-publish - hope it gets noticed and take whatever backlash is caused.

Because I LOVE this series and my characters.

5 comments:

  1. From the sounds of it, it's definitely the publisher's lost. Hang in there and keep trying.

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    1. Thanks Bren. Looks like self-publishing for me :)

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    2. Nothing wrong with self-publishing. At least you don't have to share your royalties. :) I'm going to follow your site so when it comes out, I can get it! :)

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    3. I always wanted to go traditional publishing, but I can't change my story or write it any way other than the way I want to tell it lol. So, self pub it is. :)

      Thanks so much. I'm hoping it'll be available by first of the year (if not a little sooner).

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  2. You'll have to do all the marketing and promotion whether you self-pub or trad pub, so at least this way you can write what you want. As long as it's properly edited and well marketed I don't see the harm. Self-pubbing is the way to go. Best of luck!

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