Sep 05 2018

Indie Publishing Path Taken #IWSG #IndieAuthor #IARTG

This month’s IWSG prompt:

What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

Three roads branch in a writer’s elections,
It’s inadvisable to travel them all
And being an author, long I sat with my reflections
And explored traditional, the first direction
To where it bent in the query sprawl;

Then took the indie, as fair as small press,
But having the faster printing timetable,
Plus more control and ways to express;
Though other Urban Fantasy I would guess
Had found all paths just as stable,

And all three will always equally lay
No Speculative Fiction has a sure-fire choice
Oh, I keep the traditional and small press in mind for another day!
Yet knowing how my choices tend to replay,
I doubt I would prefer another voice.

I shall be blogging this ’till I die
Then look in Google archives and search engines impending:
Three roads branch for all writers, and I—
I took the indie one to simplify,
And that has made all the difference.

– J Lenni Dorner

Derivative of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

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    • Damyanti on September 5, 2018 at 11:17 PM

    Wow, what a wonderful parody, and tells us all we need to know as well!

    This poem brought me a smile: you’re so talented!
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    1. Thanks! Glad to give you a smile.
      I think we were just commenting on each other’s blogs AT THE SAME TIME.

      Also, I just updated this with the link to my comment on your blog post. Your words made me reminisce more on my choice to go indie.
      Reminisce, that was the word I was trying to think of in the fourth stanza, instead of “then look”… Ha ha ha. Thanks for being a muse.
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  1. Now that is a refreshing way to lay out a map – nicely done.
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    1. Thanks!
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  2. Well done! Clever way to play it out.
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  3. Nice explanation through verse. It’s good that you and all of us have options for publishing. There is something good to be said for all, but in the end I think it’s a matter of where we feel most comfortable.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out
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    1. I agree. To each their own.
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  4. Happy Be-lated IWSG Day!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
    I love your poem, and not just because I like Frost. It’s good and says so much.
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    • Juneta on September 7, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Loved the poem. So talented. Happy belated IWSG Day.
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    1. Thank you!
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  5. Fantastic poem! You found your path and you’re obviously loving it!
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    1. Indeed. Thanks for stopping by.
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  6. Wow!
    I agree about options being the best of all worlds 🙂
    Jemima Pett has this post to share #Noirwich time again – Norwich’s crime festivalMy Profile
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