I wouldn’t say self-publishing made it easier to find a publisher. I think I was clearer about what I wanted—which was to grow as a writer and if possible, to do less of the marketing and not pay for the upfront costs like editing and proofreading. I’d actually been offered a book contract from another small publisher earlier on, but it was clear the editing would be minimal, and with some regret I turned down the offer. That was clearly the right choice for me.
“In nonfiction I feel like I’m digging at different spots in one excavation site, but this book, a novel, felt more like a road trip. I went to places I knew and some I’d never been, so even though it was very freeing, it was also more challenging because I’m a creature of habit and however exciting new places are they always make me a little uneasy at first.”