As a new writer, publishing a book seems straightforward enough. Write a book, smooth it out, and send it to publishers who might want it. I know for me, I had these visions of a crisp, typed manuscript, hot off the printer and lying in a tidy little stack with a piece of twine tied in a bow at the top. I would put that in a crinkly manilla envelope, ship it lovingly off to Penguin, and get an acceptance letter some days later, like I was being let into Hogwarts.
The reality is so much more sobering. Even the “traditional route” fantasized above is a whole different beast than it would first appear. To be traditionally published, there are avenues to consider–obtaining an agent beforehand, going to expensive conferences to meet publishers and editors face-to-face in the hopes of getting a foot in the door, blindly sending queries to publishers (if they even let you, which they usually don’t), electronic submission, snail mail submission, full page synopsis, or query only. The list goes on and on, and as one enters the myriad of choices for finding a shelf home for one’s baby book, it really does begin to feel just as overwhelming as new parenthood.
And then there is self-publishing. There are entire books, entire blogs, entire lives dedicated to this exciting and really, no longer new publishing world. Self-published authors are taking over the space and time existence of the print world, and the nuances involved in doing it correctly take serious study.
So where does that put us?
The not-so-simple, but entirely truthful answer is that we are between the two worlds. I have had my first book traditionally published by a small publisher, and I have self-published another. Cornwall has self-published two books. I personally preferred the traditional method, as it was less work for me, and I felt more “established” as an author. But I also know that it’s a tough game getting a book traditionally published, and I’m not blind to the possibility that self-publishing will actually be better for our series!
K-Love was finished earlier this year, sometime around March. We gave it to “beta readers,” who gave feedback, and we even paid to attend a conference that would perfect our book pitch. (In case you are wondering, YES it totally did, and it was worth it.)
With our book finalized and well-edited by both of us, we began sending out queries.
To date, we have received four manuscript requests out of the dozen or so queries we sent out. We were a little more cautious, a little more picky about who we sent this book to. It’s a niche market (more on K-Love here), and sort of a new category. Korean dramas brought to the pages of a book.
Three of those full manuscript requests have come back as a no-go. Which was heartbreaking, I won’t lie about that! One said it was too New Adult for her. Another said the voice didn’t have enough inner dialogue. I forget what the third one said. Our fourth was just sent last month, so we have a while to wait before that comes back, I’m sure. And just this week, we have sent it to Harper Collins, which was a request made by an editor who read a bit of it at the conference Cornwall attended. We had wanted agent representation before we sent it off to the big dog Harper Collins, but we felt like we were running out of time. So off it went!
And that’s why we’re in-between. We are creating an online presence here on our blog and our social media platforms so we can get to know all of you, our writer friends, our Asian drama friends, and anyone who lives in this strange world with us. We will continue to look for representation and traditional publication, but we are also open to self-publishing if need be.
Because in the end, all we want is for you to read K-Love!
It’s a fantastic novel, full of humor and romance, and a good sprinkling of action. It’s everything people love about Korean Dramas in the cozy goodness of a romance novel.
So there you have it. That’s who we are, and that’s where we are at as authors, bringing you this blog, and this book, and any future projects we will write together. Our updates will be about queries we’ve sent, rejections (acceptances?? MAYBE?!) we receive, and any plans to go ahead and self-publish this hot biscuit out there.
I don’t know why I called our book a biscuit. I’m hungry.
Peace out, K-Fans!