Okay, it’s almost the end of September, and regular blog-readers will know that I intended to publish Chion at some point this month. Am I going to make it? No. October, then? Maybe not.
Here’s the deal. Earlier in the year, I entered a short story called “Time Travel for Dummies” into The James White Award competition. The results are due in October, and I have to believe there’s a chance I can win (otherwise I wouldn’t have entered, would I?).
My guess is, the magic words “I won this year’s James White Award” would go a long way to attracting the attention of a literary agency. And in order to approach an agency, I need to have a fresh, unpublished product available to shop around. So, it makes sense to hold off from self-publishing Chion until I see whether I’m in with a shot with the big boys.
After all, as indie writers, finding an agent and being traditionally published is our big aspiration.