The benefit anthology that I wrote a story for is coming out soon. As the US “publisher” I’ve been very involved in getting it set up with several different distribution channels. It hasn’t been too difficult, though they’re all just a little different.
But there’s a problem.
That book, sitting there all by itself on each distribution page, looks lonely.
My name is on the book, if I had other stories published – traditionally, or self-published – I could take advantage of any sales on the anthology. There won’t be any “By the same author” links for any of my writing. Some of my fellow contributors probably will see links like that with their names in them.
I’ve always intended to self-publish some of my writing. But I’ve been concentrating on a couple of novels that I was planning to submit for traditional publishing. I don’t have anything ready, polished enough, to self-publish right now. And a month probably isn’t long enough when I’m working on promoting the anthology.
So, do I pause the projects I’m working on? Self-publish them instead of going the traditional route? Or do I pull out some of the story ideas I haven’t written yet, finish and polish them with the intention of self-publishing them as soon as possible?