My fabulous editor suggested I get an agent once Lifeless was complete. She listed the pros and cons while describing the traditional publishing process. The pros list was compelling; easily contracting cover art, engaging in successful marketing, and scheduling promotional events practically requires a publishing contract.
I'm still self-publishing by choice. I get why this is can be confusing. Many writers (and book lovers who wish to be writers) dream of a publishing deal, a multi-book advance, to see a big studio buy the rights to their book. Unfortunately, those hopes are both totally unrealistic and, more importantly, problematic in my little universe. I love books, but I might just love movies more.
Eventually, these stories will be made into television shows or movies by me, my husband and his future production company. I'm excited to share my books with the world, but I see publication as stage one on this adventure and not the destination.
There are filmmakers that I admire and I'd love to work with them. But there are many others who perform purely to the whims of business, as represented by studios, producers, their agents and theater owners. They reduce female characters to obstacles or motivations for males, plot subtleties to heavy-handed exposition, and anything deemed too intricate is reduced to rudimentary parts. These are the filmmakers who I would never want to touch my work. As an author on a publishing contract, you rarely have a say.
Directors who are talented, ambitious, and have proven themselves as moneymakers still struggle to produce high-quality films in their own vision. Working with a dream director who is tied to a studio may be prohibitively complicated.
For now, my goal is to complete the many stories I have started. The dark fairy tale for my daughter, the teleportation story for my husband, and everything in between. One after another, I'll get them done while I look forward to what comes next.