The more I thought about self-publishing, the more I was tempted by it. The best thing I could get from it was the possibility of publishing both books - Girl, Taken and Неволя - at the same time. The appeal was very abundant and that was what I really wanted. What I definitely didn’t want was to waste another month or six.
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I decided to terminate the contract with my agent on August 27th, 2017. We mutually agreed to end it over a simple one-line email, and I was free from all obligations. I could do whatever I wanted with my books and it felt incredible.
I felt liberated, as if chains were lifted from me. My two books came back to life again after a long coma. I couldn’t wait to publish them and do it all at once. That feeling of newly acquired control, as well as having the power and ability to make my own decisions, was something completely different from the sense I had for the past six months.
Deep inside, I was glad that it didn’t work out with the agency. I had no idea what the future held for me now, but I could only imagine the different opportunities that it could bring. The most important thing in that moment was that I could publish two books at once without someone else’s permission, and I decide to do so.
Now, I was the only one who was responsible for all future fiascos, as well as victories. I was even somewhat grateful for the last six months. I definitely did not take it as a loss or a waste of time. The stages I went through while waiting for the publishers’ responses gave me definite room to think. It taught me a few lessons and helped me find my priorities. I was grateful for that.
Perhaps, self-publishing was meant for me after all, and it was my destiny from the beginning. All I required were certain circumstances to be able to figure it out.
I could not wait to open my tightly closed wings from six months ago. I saw new horizons in front of me and I was getting ready to fly towards them. I wanted to turn gradually gained disappointment into raging energy. The whole world was at my fingertips. I just needed pull through and conquer it.
My laurels could wait…
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