The Library of Alexandria
I've been looking in to various publishing possibilities for "Shadow of the Lion". After speaking to the agents and a few other publishers I realize that most of them insist on only 120,000 word count for a publication. This would mean chopping Shadow by 3/4 which would simply ruin the story. So instead of stressing over this dilemma, I've decided that perhaps the best route to take would be self-publishing
through one of the accredited self-publishers (there are 3 top ones), such as Lulu. This would mean I'd have to check the page count, not the word count. It would also mean I won't have to wait perhaps up to five years to see this book out in print. I simply can't wait that long. For one reason, I'm not getting any younger and mainly, the theme of the story is pertinent to today's world. And I feel that this novel, which I worked so hard on for all those years, deserves to have an audience NOW, not five years from now or at the whim of a traditional publisher.
I'm doing my research into this. I've spoken to a couple of friends who have published through Lulu and they are very satisfied. I realize that to make an impact, it means I'd have lots of marketing to do and some investment. For this I'm even willing to forgo my yearly trip to Greece. Another friend mentioned that she does marketing and would help me. And I have a lot of connections around town where I could arrange book readings etc. So that part of the self-publishing doesn't seem a problem to me. I like the idea of the book being listed on Amazon and the option of doing an e-book as well, as this is a big trend these days.
What I would like is comments from any of my readers who know more about this process than I do. Have any of you had experience with this kind of publishing? What do you advise? I am in the process of doing another round of editing and then I'll turn the manuscript over to a professional editor. I also need to write the foreword, afterword, glossary and bibliography for it.
If I self publish I want it to be as perfect as a traditionally published book. I'm even going to consult with an artist friend about designing a cover for it. Now I need to find out about IBSNs and copyrights and whether the publisher provides those. I'd appreciate any input you can give me. Thanks.