So, except for the deep editing process, Mage Breaker is essentially done. And, as a side note, let me tell you it’s freaking amazing. It’s got strong women, magic, guns, aliens, and a smart-ass city. But I digress.
You might be wondering what’s taking so long to get Mage Breaker into readers’ hands. The answer is simple: I’m trying my hand at the traditional publishing process.
“But Sean,” you say, “you’re a staunch supporter of self-pub. What happened?”
Nothing happened. Rest assured, I am STILL an ardent supporter of self-pub. I plan on more self-pub books in the future and Mage Breaker may still go self-pub. But here’s the thing: I know the self-pub process pretty well, but I’ve not been through the trad-pub world. I’m curious to experience it first hand and, yes, pile up the rejections.
I also just want to give it a shot. What if cool stuff happens? I’ve really got nothing to lose. I’m also really tired of marketing and it’d be nice to have someone else do it for a change. That’s not to say it will happen–I know many publishers don’t do much of that unless they’re of the large variety.
Which brings me to my next point–I’m totally prepared to walk away from any contract if there’s anything I don’t like about it. I love my books like I love my own children and I want the best for them. That means finding the best fit for them–a publisher that will nurture them, help them grow, and even change their diapers.
Wait, that analogy broke down a bit there, but you get what I mean.
I truly believe someone out there will want to give Mage Breaker a shot. While my Forgotten Years books are fabulous, I think Mage Breaker (a deviation from my normal genre) takes it all to another level.
So I’m throwing my hat in the trad-pub ring. I began queries two weeks ago, so the responses should begin filtering in. But that was only round 1. I’ve got lots more querying to do.
In case you haven’t seen the cover I had made for Mage Breaker, take a look.