After receiving a very nice agent rejection yesterday on my novel, I've decided to e-publish. This decision wasn't made lightly.
Frankly, I just want to tell stories, and all the hoopla an author has to go through to get to do that is simply going to take longer than I want it to take. I don't want to write a novel and then revise and pitch it for years and years. I want to write one, get feedback from critique partners and beta-readers, revise and edit it until I think it's as good as it can be, and then I want to start the next one!
Having attended a couple of writers' conferences recently, I noticed something disturbing: there are a LOT of unpublished older people out there. Some of them are extremely talented - which gave me pause. Why, after years and years of writing, revising and submitting queries, chapters and manuscripts, haven't these folks found anyone willing to champion their stuff?
I don't want to discuss my own age here because it's depressing enough to just be aware of it, but yes, age definitely has something to do with my decision. I don't want another five years to go by while I beat an unsuccessful path to agent doors, one after the other of which remain closed. Yes, the right agent could be right around the corner... but probably not. And really? I just want to get back to writing.