There’s something in the air or maybe it’s the alignment of the planets but every other author’s post I read seems to be a confession about failure. Well, why not follow the trend?
Back in 2008, I plodded my way through writing the first draft of Masks with the intent to simply finish writing a story. But at the back of my mind was publishing a story. I didn’t believe it would be Masks. I also didn’t believe it wouldn’t be Masks. After working and re-working it, I decided to self-publish. From what I read about following the traditional publishing route, I knew that, at the time, I didn’t have that kind of stamina.
I self-published knowing I would have to do all of my own promotion. I had a half-assed plan that didn’t factor in my daughter, my eight-hour shifts, my personality, my life basically. It was completely unrealistic of me to expect to knock on every bookstore’s door and ask (beg) for some shelf space for my slim, vampire-free, gore-free, magic-free, young adult volume. The fact that I didn’t know any teenagers, nor do my friends, meant I couldn’t rely on word-of-mouth marketing. As for social media, I wasn’t interested. I didn’t know it. I didn’t understand when I tried to know it. It quickly became my enemy UNTIL I accepted the fact that it was the only way for me to promote myself. (In case you’re wondering, it’s working.)
Learn About Self-publishing
So in the interest of all those who are thinking about self-publishing (which coincidentally is as trendy as confessing), I’m adding a few good posts about it on my Learn More About… page. Enjoy!
What do you want to know about self-publishing? What’s your self-publishing challenge? I love to hear from you. Leave a comment.