I was at a local charity event a few weeks ago and I had a conversation with one of the members of the charity who also happened to be a published author that had started his own publishing company.
Of course we talked about my novel, and of course we talked about the possibility of signing Twinfinity: Nethermore, but I kindly refused. I made sure that he knew that it was nothing to do with him or his company, and it wasn't anything to do with his offer.
Sounds crazy, right? It does even to me, but the truth is I wanted to specifically put myself in the trenches. At some point in time I think having an agent and publisher will make sense for me, but right now, I don't feel, is that time. I like the idea of self publishing. I like the idea of building my brand myself, and I like the idea of having as close of a relationship as possible with the people that choose to purchase my work.
There are definite downsides. The most glaring being the fact that I don't have a team of editors and I am aware that I could use one. (I am not bad, grammatically speaking, but I'm nowhere near a ten in that department). As a matter of fact I'm in the process of submitting grammatical revisions for my novel.
And that's not to mention the marketing power that comes along with conventional publishing. But it's that marketing power that I am actually trying to avoid. (Sound really crazy, right?) I know that it does, but I like the idea and I want to know that people are buying my product because it is the right product for them and not because some creative mind found a creative way to sell it to them.