As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been fairly quiet over the past few days. There has been a reason for this – one that, ultimately, has led me to make a decision that I’m now actually quite excited about.
After discussing recent projects with my publisher, Legend Press, I have realised that not all my work will, by default, fit their very excellent list. My writing covers a wide range of styles and not all of my novels fall into the fast paced, plot driven scheme of If I Never. Much of my work is contemplative and – whilst it always has that page to page readability – is not always concerned with delivering thrills and spills. Legend’s focus on pacier, more plot driven work is certainly not something I’m averse to; I enjoy writing that kind of novel when a suitable candidate presents itself – but, naturally, I have to write the novel that most readily presents itself to me. To do anything other, I know from experience, is to sound a creative death knell.
This, naturally, leaves me with work that is simply sitting on my hard drive doing nothing. It’s work that, I believe, many of my readers will enjoy. I could, of course, submit this work to other publishing companies – something I intend to do with newer projects, those, that is, not suitable for Legend Press’s list – without impacting on future Legend Press novels (of which they should hopefully be more in the pipeline very soon). This, however, is a slow process and not appropriate for all of the projects I have almost ready to go.
I have therefore decided to self publish – for the time being – one of these projects, with the possibility of more should this prove successful. Something of a self publishing sceptic in the past, I’ve now come to realise that this could work quite well, in tandem with my existing, traditional publishing career, the self published work representing more personal projects – those I feel strongly about and which don’t quite fit the traditional publishing vein.
The project in question is one that many of you will already be very familiar with. A semi-autobiographical , character driven piece – Children of the Resolution.
This is completely my project. I expect to have it available within 6 to 8 weeks (I would ideally like it out before Christmas, of course, but that may not be possible). It is not yet available for pre-order but, by way of a taster, I do have the cover prepared. Let me know what you think!
Two sample chapters of If I Never can be read here.
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© 2010 Gary William Murning