Today there are so many writers able to get their words, thoughts, and stories out into the world because they haven’t had to wait for the world of agents and publishers to give them a stamp of approval.
Don’t get me wrong, I know many authors that follow the traditional route for publishing and are quite satisfied with the process.
I believe it takes a certain type of author to decide to self-publish. I am such an author. When my first book, Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother was finished I went to a writing conference and some very good interest in my book and story. But many of the agents said that memoirs about someone who isn’t famous wouldn’t sell.
But I knew the information was valuable and many women in similar circumstances as mine i.e., going through divorce, transition, trying to find themselves, needed this information now. So I made the decision to self-publish.
At that time fortune seemed to smile on me, or maybe fate and karma were in cahoots, but I found someone to help me on my self-publishing path and I never looked back.
It wasn’t easy. You need to have some finances behind you and be willing to spend money. When I started out there were not as many companies offering ways to publish as there is now. But you need to be careful where you put your dollars.
Don’t just hand over to cash to anyone who says they can get your book published and in the marketplace. Do your homework and ask around the writing world. There are plenty of forums where you can see if a company you’re considering working with is a good bet. These communities can be very helpful with basic questions for getting started. Make some new writing friends and help each other out.
Deciding to self-publish should not be a decision made on a whim. There is a lot of work entailed in being an Indie author. So make sure you are up to the task before getting started.
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