Monday, April 4, 2011

An Interesting Turn of Events

I'll be the first one to admit that I'm a routine girl. I like my routine. I like to plan ahead. I like to understand the context within which my day progresses. I like to play it safe. It's my comfort zone.

So when my husband of twenty-three years announced he wanted a divorce and my safe world collaped, understandably I was challenged by being left, figuratively speaking, at the curb with nothing. My apologies to my ex-husband with whom I'm still on great speaking terms - but this is essentially how I felt. I'd put years of hard work into a future that evaporated in the span of one phone call. Hence, my planning, my routine, my playing it safe netted me zero gain.

Flip forward three years. I'll be the first one to admit that I like working in my pajamas. I like working for myself. But I'm still struggling with that evaporated future and how to move forward into tomorrow's bright possibilities, a tomorrow with writing as the focus. Hence, I took a step that is enticing and risky, daring and possibly the best idea ever - for me.

My primary objective as a writer/author has always been to write a damn good book - one that you, as my reader, will enjoy. The secondary objective is obviously to support myself in this endeavor so I can keep working in my pajamas and yet still be flexible for family needs. There are some that say I should be like everyone else in my situation and go out into the workplace and find a job. My response to that is there alot of ways to put food on the table. For me, the better objective is to make my writing more profitable.

Recently, I had a not so hot experience with my publishing company over my next book, Kiss Me Goodnight, Echo Falls #3. Yes, it was resolved satisfactorily thanks to my Editor-in-Chief and the hard work of a new editor. I'm happy to say that Kiss Me Goodnight will be published soon. But this experience caused a deep analysis of why I am conducting my writing the way I am. Is there a better route to get the future I want?

This self-examination process started a bit prior to this difficulty when I made a small observation on a book I was reading to a close family member. That birthed an idea, which led to the forming of a media network, in turn leading to alot of hard, satisfying work, which led to tons of research, which led to a decision.

I'm happy to announce that I am embarking on independently publishing my own work. My first release will be The Rock Star's Sheriff through KLG Press . It will be available in all ebook formats and print in June.

In the coming days, I will be chronicling the process by which a writer's career can take a complete left turn and the crazy excitement that has taken hold at the desk of Patti Ann Colt. Stay tuned for more....

2 comments:

MoF said...

The option to self-publish along with the popularity of electronic readers is going to transform publishing in America. If the publishing companies know what's good for them they're going to work a lot harder to accommodate authors. THEY need to change their futures or go the bankruptcy route that Borders and other bookstores are going.

Patti Ann Colt said...

I totally agree, Mark. The music industry had much the same transformation - holding on to their rigid ways of doing things until a little thing called iTunes and mP3 came along and transformed that industry. Ereaders are doing the same. Anyone interested in a more indepth analysis of this should visit J.A. Konrath's blog and/or buy the ebook he co-wrote with Barry Eisler - Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog. Great, inspiring stuff much of which I totally agree with!