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Publishing My Way

cover of for a handmade book

I’ve stopped participating in online conversations about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing.

another handmade book cover

Every person has to follow their own way, as we know, so I don’t see the point in even having those conversations. I mean, who cares anyway?

and one more handmade book cover

But I love the idea of making my own books. I’ve made a few in the past.

my novel

And now I’ve got another show coming up in January, and I’ve decided that instead of my usual framed art, I shall show books.

another copy of my novel

I did actually sell my novel as a handmade book once. I don’t know who bought it, but I will love the buyer forever.

So, not a practical choice. I’ll lose money, since I can’t sell enough at a price that will cover the costs. But that’s not why I make things. If I made things just for the money, I’d have to make very different things.

Anyway, I’m very excited about the next show.

And in your future? What are you looking forward to?

6 thoughts on “Publishing My Way

  1. With you on the traditional vs. self-publishing debate. At this point — for me — it’s just a huge distraction from the REAL work: creating something I believe, without qualification or ambivalence, to deserve SOME sort of publishing. One thing at a time!

    Your books-as-art projects have always appealed to me. (I think I’ve mentioned that your “Fairy Tale Asylum” Tumblr site occasionally frustrates me because I want to at least comment, like, “WOW!” But I do love so many of the things you post there, especially the ones — created by you or by others — which turn paper (printed or otherwise) into sculpture.)

    What am I looking forward to in my own future? Oh Lordy…

    • Such a distraction! And I don’t need more frustration in my life.

      I forget that you’re on Tumblr! Sometimes I miss comments, but the lack of them helps me feel free to post what I want without worrying as much about what people will say.

      Keep looking forward, JES.

  2. It’s awesome that you keep doing what you love to do. I’m looking forward to the day I’ll be able to by one of your books in a library–because I believe you will become a published writer :)

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