My 2nd draft is complete & out to my pre-readers. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I’m trying to take it all with a grain of salt, since these are my friends reading for me – but when one of them tells me “You are not allowed to read any other books until you finish writing your 2nd book,” well, I count that as a success.
I feel much the same as I did when I finished my 1st draft – a bit lost as to what to do next. I suppose the next step is to prepare my query letter for potential agents and publishers – and of course, there is also the relatively new world of e-publishing. Heck, my husband and I got Nooks for Christmas this year, and before that were reading on our iPhones using the Kindle app. What does this mean for new authors? I suspect that for now, we still need to publish via the old tried & true methods, but this blog-post makes a very strong case for self-publishing: http://publishingperspectives.com/2011/02/self-publishing-the-tricks-of-the-trade/
Like I said, I’m still going to try for the “old school” way of publishing first, but I’m not closing the door to self-publishing if that ends up being my only option (though I do recognize that Ms. Valdes’ success has a lot to do with her built in fan base).
Oh, and a small change – I think I’ve settled on both a name for my trilogy & each book. War of the Seasons, Book 1: The Human, Book 2: The Hunter, Book 3: The Halfblood. Let’s see if they stick, shall we?