So Now What Do I do?

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

Ok, I’ve scared you away from the vampires agents/big publishers, and I’ve scared the vampires so much they have resorted to name-calling only because they cannot refute anything I posted. (My favorites so far are MAGA-lover – I didn’t vote for Trump – Rabid – I was never a member of the Rabid Puppies during the Hugo Awards kerfuffle in 2015 or ever before or after – and the grand finale of the desperate who can’t refute facts – a racist white supremacist – my Hispanic wife, half-Hispanic children and half-Asian grandchild are still laughing at that one). Come to think of it, I’m sure my Cherokee ancestors (maternal side people, I’m not 100% Italian-American) would be laughing at these desperate vampires too. But you still don’t want to go full Indie because the prospect seems scary and daunting.

So, you ask, now what am I supposed to do?

First, there is no shame in not taking the leap of faith that Indie publishing requires. It isn’t an easy thing to do and not everyone has the confidence needed to gamble on your own abilities.

But if you don’t want to fall into the trap and let the vampires suck out every ounce of your artistic soul while promising “one day you’ll get to the Big Five!” and see your manuscript wither and die in a New York City slushpile but you just don’t feel up to the task of taking on the full load yourself there are a few options.

Smaller houses exist that don’t require an agent for an author to submit. In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few of them as my Indie career has progressed. And had I not gone Indie and had the success I did, I would never have had the opportunity to