I want to get my novel, Until Proven, into your hands, Dear Readers.
Do I take the traditional route to publication by seeking an agent who will then attempt to sell it to a publisher who will assign it to an editor? If things go well, you may be able to buy the book sometime in 2014. Or not.
Or do I take advantage of all the ways that now exist for eliminating those middle steps, and just sell you the book in a few months? Want a bound book or would you rather have the words fly through the air and land on your Kindle? Your choice.
When I put it that way, it's hard to see why I'd even give Door #1 any thought, but part of the dream is to see a book with both my name and Random House or Simon and Schuster on it.
How many times have I said that it isn't the book, it's the contents I value; the story, not the cover illustration. If someone else's name is on it, I have no trouble with my own concept. But when it's my name we're talking about, well, the seal of approval that comes along with a major publishing house's acceptance is hard to give up.
So I'm teetering on the edge of that decision, and I'm pretty sure I know which way I'll fall. But I just might have to have a cover design that includes a seal of approval--my own.