Sam and Millie

Every now and then I like to take a moment to go through my work and see what I’ve accomplished. I did that this week and discovered that I have seven completed novels, three of which have been revised enough that I feel I should be submitting them. I have seven novels in the first draft process and seven more concepts in the early stages. My current work in progress is the second book in my science fiction series, Collected.

I’ve been to this point before, when I realize I have so much going on that I’ve lost sight of my goals. It’s time to seek an agent or to consider other options. This part is more difficult to me than writing a book. The agent search, the query, the synopsis…

And now, it seems self-publishing is not what it used to be. Should I consider it? Or should I save it for later, if I don’t find an agent? The internet is filled with opinions on this topic, and I could spend all day looking through them and not find an answer. I have done that, actually. What I’m thinking right now is that I’m open-minded to self-publishing, but not determined to do it. I have one book that’s been ready for a long time. It’s a middle grade novel, though I usually write for young adults.

Sam and Millie is the story of one summer seen through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy with Autism. The book is not about Autism. It’s about Sam. I haven’t decided if I will self-publish, but I designed a possible cover. I would love advice, especially from those who have made this journey.




~ by Rachel McMahon on December 22, 2012.

3 Responses to “Sam and Millie”

  1. i know 100% how you feel. i have four novels finished and about 7 short stories. i send about ten queries, i get 6 rejections (which i know is nothing, not a lot at all) and then i get discouraged and quit. self-publishing is a rare fantasy. i tried it, and unless you have a great gimmick, i don’t think it works. but i’m happy to listen to options.

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