Last week, I attended a lecture on indie publishing. Originally, my dream was to have an agent and see my book on a bookstore shelf, but since I've found my wonderful editor, Jessica Klassen, who has been so patient and kind while I brought the world in my head to life (not to mention some writing friends who have also self-published and encouraged me to), I'm going to give this route a shot. My dream still exists, and I'm going send out a few more query letters before I hit that "publish" button, however, I have to say, doing it myself will be a good experience. A great learning journey.
That being said, I will have Beneath the Surface ready for everyone to read sometime by the end of the year, or early next year. It will take me another month or two in editing, now that the new draft is near complete, and then I will be working with Kim at Hot Damn Designs (who has also designed covers for my author friends: Eileen Cook and Susan Fox) to prepare the cover that I've been imagining for a few years. I'm hoping to have it ready for ebook/hardcopy conversion by the fall, but that all depends on how much time I have--camping and no technology this summer will be a definite must. I've also never done this before, so it may take me a few tries to get it right before I click that "publish" button.
I seriously can't wait to share it with you all!!