Last night I was on the Facebook page of author, Kathy Reinhart. Kathy was the winner of the 2009 Brighid’s Fire Books Fiction Manuscript Contest for her book Lily White Lies (great title btw). On her Facebook page she has announced the summer 2016 release of her new book, Cry Like a Girl.
This got me thinking. I don’t think I have mentioned that I am currently working on two collections – one is a collection of flash fiction and the other is a collection of humorous (I hope) haiku and tanka poetry – a collaboration with my husband if he would ever get off his butt and write some when he gets the time to write. I only have some control over the haiku collection but I have total control of the flash fiction collection… it’s just a matter of putting my butt in the seat and writing.
I have always intended to publish this collection independently so the date and time of the publication is completely up to me. On March 12, I’m heading up to Nanaimo (home of the ridiculously delicious Nanaimo bars) for a publishing and self-publishing workshop.
So, here is my question: Do I announce the release of my flash fiction collection before it is done? This leads me to a plethora of other questions. What do I name my book? Who will do the cover? Do I go with Createspace, Bookbaby, Blurb or some other publishing organization? If I do this, am I setting myself up for gut-wrenching, hair-ripping, writer’s block-inducing writer’s stress?
Stay tune for my decision after the workshop on March 12th.