It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for the Insecure Writers Support Group. The purpose is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! A big THANKS to Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group and keeping it going. And thanks to this month's awesome hosts Krista McLaughlin, Kim Van Sickler, Heather Gardner, and Hart Johnson!
Independence seems to be an appropriate topic this month, considering we Americans are celebrating our independence on Friday. In a way, I started celebrating my independence in November, 2011 when I self-published my first ebook. I still haven’t made a ton of money from that book nor from the five since. However, I have made more from that first book than my two books published by small publishers combined.
I was led down the self-publishing path by a comment from a fellow writer who observed that since Switched was out of print, it wasn’t doing anything. Then a few months later, I was part of a dinner discussion with several writers about self-publishing. I am so glad I paid attention. It took me another seven months to actually do it.
Why did it take me so long? Nerves. Scared about setting off on a new path. What if I did something wrong?
During those seven months, I wasn’t just sitting around twiddling my thumbs. I was reading/studying how to self-publish using Mark Coker’s Smashwords Style Guide. Boy, did I have things to correct in my manuscript! Oh sure, I could have hired someone to format it for me, but I’m a DIY girl from a DIY family married to a DIY guy. Besides, I had more time than money. (I did hire an editor and a cover artist. I know when I need help.)
I learned a lot from that first experience, but the key thing was reading the directions. Okay, two key things: read and follow directions.
But isn’t that true of most things? Projects are so much easier when we read and follow directions.
So Happy Independence Day not just to our country, but to writers who have so many options.
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