Self-publishing has been quite the struggle, while at the same time, it’s come with an extreme sense of accomplishment. I dove right in with very little research to begin with, reading half of a self-publishing book (The Well-Fed Self-Publisher) and information on self-publishing websites. From there, I decided to give it a shot and post my book for sale through CreateSpace.com. I’m not normally an impulsive person, but when it comes to trying something new that I wouldn’t typically do, I tend to act on impulse. It’s strange, I feel, but it adds a little mystery to who I am as a person. Oddly enough, people who know me well won’t actually be surprised by it. From day to day, I am predictable as can be. But if you know me well, I’ll jump on an opportunity out of no where and make it happen. I don’t know if this was necessarily the right thing to do with something so large as Self-Publishing, but I am glad I did regardless.
I am celebrating this great accomplishment: I sold 20 copies of Tearing Honor as of yesterday! Originally, I expected to sell 10 copies, since I entered the publishing world so unprepared. Look how much I surpassed that! How can I not celebrate completely reaching past my goal? Thanks to you all for helping me in my achievement. I treated myself to a lovely day out in Providence with a friend from college (it was a year since the last time we hung out). And now I have some beautiful espresso cups to show for it (I may need a life if I’m so excited about that…)
Now I am struggling with trying to get people who read my book to post reviews on Amazon. If I can reach out to more people with my book, why not? That’s my goal at this point. I have read many articles since publishing on various aspects of self-publishing, and it seems that people are more likely to check out a book if it has reviews. At the moment, only my father has posted a review. At least there’s that, it’s nice seeing my family being so supportive of my new quest to become a semi-known author. I’m considering sending out some copies to reviewers to help me out a bit. That seems to be the path most authors have taken to become known. Is it worth it?
Then there’s the whole Marketing aspect of self-publishing. I have never taken a Marketing course in my life, and have only learned from reading articles and working in retail. While visiting my friend in Providence, we were discussing Grad school and our writing progress. I inspired her to start writing more plays and potentially publish some in the future (which I hope she does!). In return, she inspired me to attend Grad school somewhere in the near future. I determined that if I want to continue along the route of self-publishing, that perhaps I should obtain a Marketing degree. Yes, I will need to do more research on it before I decide this is the right route to go. But if you have any suggestions for what is the most useful education for self-publishing, please do share. I am torn over whether or not I should obtain a Marketing, Business, or a Creative Writing degree. Which is the most useful?
So all in all, I am very pleased with the progress I’ve been making on the publishing front. I’ve been receiving positive responses from my readers left and right (and even some tips for future novels). I’m so glad everyone has been enjoying Tearing Honor, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.