I hate change but I know that it has to happen and that it is normally for the good. Lately the change has been to do with my personal life rather than business.
Saying that though the book is coming along and the picture book is almost there. That means that as soon as they are ready I will need to open my own indie publishing house. I know it is a huge step.
I thought about what I wanted and realised that I could do what I truly want to if I took control. At the moment I have 3 full sized children’s books (middle grade), two novellas and a novel, all out with traditional publishers. The only problem with that is, well, it’s like dead stock.
If you ever manage a manufacturing business there is something called dead stock. It can be something as simple as a batch of toys that have yet to reach a shop, or, sale or return in a shop that doesn’t sell. It means that the product isn’t giving the return no matter how much work has been done.
That is what has happened with my books and novellas. They are finished but because they are waiting to see if anyone wants to publish them, they are not doing anything. I could give one of the novellas as a free book, and charge a small fee for the others, but instead they are stuck.
So what do I do? How do get around the dead stock, and the simple fact that traditional publishing is pretty much like searching for a needle in a haystack, a very large haystack?
That’s where the idea that I opened my own publishing house. I’ve looked into it and I think it is do-able. At first it will just be me, but if it goes will I’m hoping to open it up to others, maybe at some point next year.
Is it a big dream? Yes…
Do I think I can do it? Pass, but I’m going to give it a damn good try.