I may have just done something really stupid and impulsive. Or something courageous and bold. I’m not certain just yet.
Blame it on my ADHD and the poor impulse control that goes along with it. Or blame it on my impatience or over-inflated writer’s ego. Perhaps I just thought I needed one more thing to stress about in my already stressed-to-the-max life.
I just self-published my book through Amazon.
Let me explain. You see, I always believed that self-publishing was a last resort for writers who weren’t good enough to publish through traditional channels. And let’s be honest: there are a lot of really bad self-published e-books out there that support this theory. Books with poor plotting, clichéd characters, bad grammar and zero proofreading. Books that make me want to weep for the literary future of our world.
But after a few glasses of wine and way too much time alone with the internet on a Saturday night, I started rationalizing. After all, John Grisham started out by self-publishing. So did Beatrix Potter. No one can deny their talent, right?
Some of today’s most successful writers are self-published, I reasoned. And while I’m no fan of E.L. James or Cassandra Clare, I have to agree that it obviously worked out very well for them.
So I poured another glass of Piesporter and read a bit more about how to publish through Kindle Direct Publishing.
I thought about one of the first bloggers I followed when I started here on WordPress. He is undeniably talented; his books have really taken off through Amazon. But he posted multiple updates on his blog every day, telling us about reviews and sales ranking and free promotional deals and so on until I finally stopped following him. I was getting totally stressed out about his books.
As I moved on from Piesporter to my $4.00 bottle of Arbor Mist last Saturday night, I wondered if it would be possible to publish through Amazon and talk about it here in my blog without chasing away of any of my followers. After all, I started blogging because I wanted to reach the point where I can make a steady living as a writer. Isn’t my blog supposed to be part of my “platform”?
So, long story short, I played around with my computer and managed to overcome my considerable computer-ese shortcomings, and uploaded Her House Divided as a self-published Romance novel available on Kindle. I’ve done no marketing yet, so I don’t expect huge sales. I don’t know anything about reviews or Goodreads or any of those avenues for publicity, but I will soon. At this point, I am still doing this as a learning experience.
Over the next few weeks, I will be working out a marketing strategy to boost sales of my book. For right now, however, I am still trying to figure out a few formatting issues while I learn the ropes of self-publishing.
Whether I succeed or not, I have to say that it’s been a lot of fun so far. Pretty cool seeing my name on the cover of a book.
Pretty cool, indeed.