Because some authors have actually made it through and I'm a glass half-full kind of gal, I thought I would end the series with some successful self-published writers stories.
Each self-publishing journey is different and so is each success story but I like to think that a little inspiration from people who have actually been there can never hurt. So here are three of my favorite ones.
The picture below is a great illustration of how I feel most days about marketing my book. I don't have a clue what you're talking about.
The main issue when it comes to self-publishing isn't to actually write the book. It is to find the right ways to put it between your future readers hands.
They talk about books to thousands of followers everyday. Their pictures and videos are stunning, creative and attractive. There are the new influencers. Ladies and Gentlemen, please give it up for the Bookstagramers and Booktubers!
They have an audience of avid readers and bookworms at their fingertips. When it comes to promoting your book, Instagram and Youtube are the places to be.
There are a lot of different platforms you can now use to self-publish your book but I can only talk about my own experience and the ones I used were CreateSpace for the paperback and KDP for the ebook.
This can seem like a nerve-racking process at first but it's actually pretty straightforward.
I have done it. You have done it. We have all done it. At least once, please don't lie.
As I mentioned it earlier, what might work for people doesn't apply for books. As an avid reader and a compulsive buyer of books, I strongly believe that you can be drawn by a cover the same way you can be put off by it.
The one thing you are the least prepared to do as an aspiring/unpublished/soon-to-be self-published writer is to spend money you probably don't even have. And once you have that settled, the second thing is to figure out how to spend it wisely.
There is something a bit scary about handling your finances when it comes to your work. You have no certainty that all your efforts will eventually pay off and that someday - hopefully sooner than later - you will have a return on your investment or at least, have your money back.
I know I took it from Bob Dylan but I thought the title was just perfect to talk about the growth and influence of self-publishing.
I didn't really want to go down this road at first. Just like a majority - if not perhaps the totality - of all aspiring writers out there I wanted to take what could be compared as the higher road of publishing.
It all starts with an idea ... because you've got to start somewhere right?
I like to think of the making of a book as the circle of life but for some reasons, every time I do the Lion King’s Disney theme pops up in my head and I can’t help but play the scene on replay – you know that scene when Rafiki just grabs Simba and introduces him proudly to the crowd in his outstretched hands.