Monday, July 12, 2010

Why I am self-publishing Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir

I got my copy of the latest OK GO album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, in the mail today, and it reminded me of why I decided to self-publish my first novel, Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir.

First, I'm impatient. And the process of finding an agent and publisher is frustratingly slow. I know, it's immature of me, but it's true. In May of 2009, I quit the company where I'd worked for 18 years in order to pursue writing full-time, and I also quit the novel I'd been agonizing over for the last 15 years. Call it my mid-life crisis, but Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir was born a couple of months later -- and, once I'd finished it, I've been anxious to kick it out of the nest to see if it can fly.

Second, while I have nothing against agents & publishers (and can see myself using them in the future), I really want to test the notion of using all this fabulous technology to kick-start my career. After all, I've waited long enough to even start my writing career, so I figure a little kick-start is just what it needs.

Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir was written as a test. I was testing myself to see if I could create a work within a fairly narrow set of parameters, one of which was a tight time-frame. I missed my arbitrary one-year deadline, but not by much. And I wanted to tell a story that unfolds quickly, with as many cliffhangers as I could manage.

I feel that I passed this test. Sure, it was self-administered and, yes, it's self-graded. But I stand by my assessment. And I'm eager to find out if the rest of the world sees it the way I do. So far, initial reactions have been positive, for which I am grateful.

Also, the careers of OK GO and Jonathan Coulton have inspired me. Here are two artists who have bucked the vertically-integrated systems of production & distribution in their markets to build successful careers on their own, using the internet to promote themselves. Neither artist has seemed to burn any bridges in the process, either.

I like the idea of being both self-sufficient and able to work within my chosen industry (if they'll have me). After all, a rebel without a cause is just a punk. Sure, I want to be my own man, but I also like to have as many friends as possible.

While the paperback edition is almost here, Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir is available for Amazon's Kindle (by clicking on the box on the left. It is also available directly from me as a pdf file, using the Paypal button below.

Bloodsucking Vegas (pdf)

Just click on the "Buy Now" button, and once you've paid your $3.99 through Paypal, I will email the pdf file directly to you.

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