Sooo, I'm almost done with my first manuscript for a historical novel set in 1800, Europe - Africa - West-Indies. Almost done as in: Parts 1 & 2 are ready for others to see, while the 3rd part is still rough and needs more work.
But I managed to finish the story in the end.
I'm at a loss what to do next, though. The chances of finding a publisher must be next to zero for multiple reasons:
-It's my first book, and although my writing has improved a lot since I started, it's probably still nowhere near 'acceptable'
-English is not my native language
-The subject is obscure: Scandinavian participation in the African slave trade
-There are many accurate, but familiar-sounding names, e.g. Gustav, Einar, etc
-There's some sex
-There are some time-appropriate offensive words
With expenses incurred up till this point; paying a cover designer; paying an editor, this is sure to be an economic loss, but it's right there on my 'list of things to do before you die': Write a book.
It's been satisfying, but also very lonely and fatiguing. Totally worth it, though.
Whatever route I choose (try agents/publishers or self-publish) I obviously need feedback before proceeding. Writing.com appears the be the place to find this.
But to be honest, I'm still a bit confused by the site. Sorry.
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