So, a few days ago, I was talking to my brother, lamenting my latest novel rejection and ribbing him about getting his critique of a novelette called Highsong back to me. Highsong, a sci-fi novelette featuring psychic dolphins, had been rejected by “Orson Scott Card’s Medicine Show” not long after landing a mere Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest. The story had taken a year to write, and was pretty much dead. Or dying. The critique received from my brother would not find a new market for the thing, and I wasn’t going to do rewrites on a story that had no future.
Then my brother said, “Why don’t you publish an ebook? I read this article about this lady who wrote a bunch of vampire ebooks and made a lot of money.”
My initial reaction was to scoff, because I hate self-publishing. Especially vanity presses. Self-publishing was the realm of undisciplined egoists, who had never known a word of critique in their life. The realm of people who had never worked to earn literary genius but still wanted their awful prose to be lauded as such.
But a week before, a fellow artist and friend had gifted me with a mock cover for Highsong, done by way of lithography. (The image of which will be the ebook’s cover and is the banner of this blog.) I had a kickass cover. Ebook publishing was free if you felt like doing it yourself.
And I knew nothing about marketing a book. With numerous queries and at least one full manuscript being considered by an agent.
And so, The Highsong Project was launched. I blog not for hopes of money and fame (although that would be nice), but to navigate the dark and unknown waters of marketing a book. I hope other people will join me on the journey, and learn something as I sing. Here’s some music from the video game series Ecco the Dolphin (specifically Tides of Time), whose series directly inspired Highsong.