Full disclosure, I have not yet self published a book. I am currently in the process, though, and basically eating up information like a cat eating ice cream when she thinks I don’t see her, Harper.
I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a scary process. I’m looking at a lot of money and a lot of time, and it might all come to nothing! I’m not looking to self publish my series, Woven, just yet. I have often said it’s because I feel it’s marketable in traditional press, but that’s not true. Well, it is true, but it’s not the only reason for wanting to self publish a short story collection first. I want something to practice on, so that what I learn can be used to better my process if I decide later to self publish Woven.
So, let’s not call this self published month. Let’s call it, what we know going in, about the market in general before actually diving in. Later, once the book’s in print, I’ll probably do another month about what I learned during the process.
By the way, I know for a fact that some of you awesome people reading me are actually self published authors. If you are, and I say something stupid that reveals the depths of my ignorance, please feel free to tell me. I’d rather be called out than be wrong and think I’m right.
So, here’s a sample of what we’re going to be talking about this month.
- The actual step by step path I’m taking with my self published book, and why I think it’s the most sensible way to go. This is going to come with a nifty printable to help you out.
- I compare blogs like mine and maybe yours to open mike nights for singers and comedians. I’ll tell you why.
- Self publishing hours, what sort of time is this really going to take?
- Balancing marketing and writing time.
And of course, self publishing is part of my path to full time writing. If you want to follow along with me on the path, make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter, Road to Full Time. You can sign up right here.
Any opening thoughts about self publishing? Do you intend to self publish? Let us know in the comment section below.