The self publishing journey is not easy. You really have to know what you are doing
before you even think about self publishing your book.
Many people have failed at it. Many people have succeeded at it. Then you have those people in the middle that are afraid to self publish. Well here are 7 things to consider before self publishing to start you off on the right track.
#1 Are you serious about self publishing?
Self publishing is not something elementary school kids can figure out. It’s too complex for the brain. Well unless your child is a super genius. It takes doing a lot of background research to even reach any kind of success. You can’t play around with it. It is a very tedious and stressful process. Now you can figure it all out on your own or you can hire a coach to help you simplify the process. Note: It took me 2 years of research to learn how to self publish and get results.
#2 Do you have time?
You may work a full time job and by the time you get off you don’t have the energy. That’s understandable!!! But how many more years are you going to use working a full time job as an excuse to not fulfilling your desire of being a self published author.
I have stayed up 3 hour passed my bed time.
I have dozed off at the computer.
I have cried and stressed myself out. WHY??????
Because I wanted the title of being a self published author. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
#3 Are you ready to do your own marketing?
When you are self published you do everything. Marketing is the #1 thing that you have to master. If you don’t market then no one will know about your book; which means no book sales. What’s the point in writing a book if you are not ready to tell people about it. You need your exposure and you need your book sales. You can not put a book out and just expect people to find it. They will never find it. The book industry is a crowded space that you share with other authors. Mark your territory by marketing and promoting.
#4 Are you ready to be disappointed?
Sorry disappointment comes with it. Just because you wrote the book doesn’t mean that everyone is going to like it. You may receive negative reviews, your book sales may go down then go back up again, then down again. It’s okay. Your book is not for everybody to like. Every book genre has its own audience that it appeases to.
#5 Are you self motivated?
When self publishing you don’t have a team cheering you on. You have to be your own cheerleader. You have to tell yourself “I can do this”. There are going to be days that you want to quit and not write another book because it’s very time consuming. being self motivated helps keep you going on those days when you want to quit. After I had written and self published book #5 I wanted to quit. I was tired but something in me was telling me not to quit. And that something was the self motivation that I had instilled in myself in the beginning that kept me from quitting.
Wherever you are on your journey I wish you the best of luck. Stay positive and most important stay motivated.