Quill vs. Self-Publication

Created over 2 years ago by Tahani Nelson with 9 comments
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Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 5 likes
If anyone is mad at you for this I will beat them up for you. :) So glad to hear an update and that things are going better! And super excited to have a copy of your book!
Valkyrie2 %282%29 Tahani Nelson · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 8 likes
Hi, there! It’s so nice that you care! Thanks for asking. 

Things are DEFINITELY starting to look better. 

Originally we were all pretty sure I wasn’t going to make it. I had a cough for almost a year and they found cancer in my throat and lungs. There was a lesion in my left lung the size of a silver dollar (probably caused by second-hand smoke).

That lesion is down to the size of a nickel now. A NICKEL. I can’t believe it. I hit my assumed "expiration date" 9 days ago. The doctors are optimistic I’ll pull through. :)

I’m still sad about some of the things that I had to put down while I worked towards recovery, though. (I won’t lie-- every part of this process is horrible and I hate it.) I had to basically stop working on my campaign as I got sicker and weaker, which I think is the main reason why I didn’t push up to a higher spot in the G&S contest I’d entered (I think I ended at... 4th place in that HUGE fantasy contest). I really think I could have hit full publication if I had tried harder. I also know that I’d been nominated for several syndicates right before the end of my campaign, but because we all thought I was going to die I decided not to extend and lost those possible pre-orders. I really thought that I had lost all chance of ever seeing this book become real.

But now, thanks to the wonderful and understanding people at Inkshares, The Last Faoii might be out as early as August or September, and it looks like I’ll be alive to see it on my bookshelf at home! I do have 2 major hospital visits between here and there, though, so of course I’m still a little worried. But overall, I think that I’m going to make it. I feel alive and ready to go back to war for this book. I feel like a faoii. ;)

Thank you so much for your concern. I hope that my story and my faoii updates help to inspire other people and their campaigns. It’s a tough road, but it’s worth it. :)

(Oh-- and if anyone is reading this and is angry at me for jumping queue and probably setting your own production back, I am SO SO SORRY. I absolutely did not mean to make anyone’s campaigns harder than they already are. Really.)
Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
Hi @Tahani Nelson 

This is such a sad story... It’s been two months since you posted; I hope things are starting to look up?
Valkyrie2 %282%29 Tahani Nelson · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 11 likes
The lovely Avalon e-mailed me to give me a better understanding of the differences between Quill and Self-Publication, so I wanted to share her comments here. This way, if there’s anyone else out there who’s not sure what to do, hopefully they’ll see the benefits of working with Inkshares. 

"I saw your forum question about self-publishing versus Quill, and I wanted to help answer some of those questions. Self-publishing would probably ensure a faster timeline, and you’d have more control over the process. However, the strongest benefits of Quill, aside from working with a copy editor, proofreader, and interior designer from our side, is that a) your book will have more visibility from rights buyers (foreign, tv, audiobook, etc.), and b) your book will be listed in our catalogue for distribution, and it’s very likely that accounts like Barnes & Noble would stock copies. If those sell well, they’d re-up."

So there you go, Inksharers! I hope that assuages any fears and clears up any concerns! Best of luck in your campaigns.

Valkyrie2 %282%29 Tahani Nelson · Author · edited over 2 years ago · 4 likes
Thanks for the input, both of you. Honestly, I think I will probably stick with Quill. If I gave up an opportunity like that and then eventually won all these other battles, I think I would always hate myself for having given up on the one that meant the most to me. I don’t want to make a decision out of fear now if there’s a chance I will regret it later. 
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 4 likes
You know you’re in my thoughts and I hope that the Inkshares team reads this and is able to communicate more with you about your book and how long it might take for them to get to it. And also the benefits of Quill vs self publishing - there is their connection to various producers that might put your book in front of entertainment industry eyeballs.

Inkshares was publishing at least one Quill book a month, though I don’t know of any coming out after this month’s Sync City. Still, one a month and a backlog of 39ish books is quite a wait.
Kyle 2018 7 Kyle T. Cowan · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 5 likes
Sorry to hear about your cancer Tahani. My thoughts are totally with you! I can’t weigh in on your question, because I think that is a decision you have to make, but I wanted to send you my thoughts! I hope you conquer this illness. 
Valkyrie2 %282%29 Tahani Nelson · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 8 likes
Okay. As some of you know, I’m currently battling cancer. While my treatments are going as well as can be expected and I’m optimistic, there are obviously still concerns. And, while looking at a calendar listing dates of Quill funding, MS requests, Quill publication dates, etc... I realize that there’s a very real chance I won’t be alive to see my book’s publication through Quill. I know I only reached funding 4 months ago, but I haven’t even been asked for my manuscript yet, and who knows how far down in the queue I am. So I guess I just want to be pragmatic and look at the options.

In my case, what are the benefits to having my husband possibly publish through Quill after my death instead of self-publishing myself beforehand? As far as I can tell, we are in charge of our own marketing, cover design, and editing process in either case, right? I realize that Inkshares offers copy-editing for Quill publications, but I already paid to have The Last Faoii professionally edited months ago. On top of that, the profits for the first 250 sold copies in Quill go completely to production, which is not the case in self-publishing.

The biggest difference I can think of is that with Quill I can at least promise my readers signed copies-- except I can’t even promise that if the worst comes to pass before my turn in the queue.  (Luckily, I already made signed bookplates for my readers as a contingency plan, so my warriors will still walk away with something worthwhile at the end of it all-- but I don’t see why I can’t send those out in either scenario). Am I missing something? What are the benefits of publishing through Quill?