I concede, my website says it, my Twitter feed says it, my voice says it but do I really mean it? "What the hell is this crazy woman going on about?" I hear you say. Well, I'm on about that thing I said about not wanting to go down the traditional publishing route. Well, I don't!
"So why did you enter #MoodPitch?" I hear you ask. (I should explain at this point, that #MoodPitch is a Twitter thing where you post a mood board of your book and a short hook and hope agents come to you.) Well, it's because, um, well, I suppose like all of us self publishers, (or most of us at least) we love the idea of an agent snapping us up and flogging our manuscripts for a six figure advance. But we're realists. We know we could spend months or years querying hundreds of agents and get nowhere. And even if we get somewhere there's no guarantee our books will find a publisher, or that they will sell. And all the while we have to wait years for this whole process to happen.
So I decided to skip all that nonsense and take things into my own hands with my plan to self publish, to spend thousands on editing and covers and marketing in the hope that I'll at least recover my investment! Sigh, it might work, I hope it works, I'm betting a lot of cash on the idea that my books are actually something that folk want to read.
Anyway, back to the point, so why did I enter #MoodPitch? Because I love the idea of agents coming to me. If that's how the conversation starts, it might just be a chat I want to have.
If you're interested, my entry is linked here below:
And it is also copied below for your viewing convenience:
Two worlds joined by an ancient wormhole, one with magic, one without. A son of a general, two princesses, two ex-army officers and a mission back to Earth they’d never expected. When magic is weak, a blade still cuts, a gun still fires and there’s always a way to win. #MoodPitch
Charlotte Goodwin is the author of the Gallantrian Legacy series. A set of six books (and counting) set in a universe where magic is real, there's just not much of it on Earth.