The life of a self-published, or traditional, author isn’t generally as full of wonder as you might imagine.
Sure, there are some authors who thrive on a lifestyle filled with traveling to exotic lands or completely removing themselves from any type of distractions, aside from what mother nature will impose on their cozy countryside cottage, but for myself, neither of these scenarios describe my life. My life is plainly average. I am your typical full-time working mom. Essentially I’m constantly tired, and always cleaning up someone else’s mess. I keep a clean house, take pride in my job, and live in a suburban neighborhood, my life honestly couldn’t get more predictable than that.
So as any full-time working parent would agree, I needed and outlet. I would read, watch TV, do crafts, write, I would do anything to break up the monotony of every day life, but no matter what I focused on, it still became predictable.
Writing might a passion I have, but that doesn’t mean it’s a passion that would be appreciated
It could be opening their own publishing company, being signed by a literary agent, or making enough money so they can fulfill any dreams they may have, but regardless of their definition of more, the thought of their work taking them someplace further than where they are now is one of the major thoughts that fuels an author.
I am no different. Even though I started down this path to relieve stress and bring myself a sense of accomplishment and self worth, that first sale and five star review changed me. Finally there was a thrill in my life that had an outcome I couldn’t predict, a what if that didn’t have a bad thought that followed it, and all I had to do was write. At least, that’s what I thought.
That’s when I discovered Amazon’s free self-publishing tool.
There are tons of different companies you could go through that offer free self-publishing to get your book out to the public, but for me, Amazon just seemed like the best option. Money has always been tight in my house, so free was definitely my main concern. Self-publishing itself is a scary thing, and although it’s hard to say out loud, all authors that take this path secretly crave something more.
Have you ever took on a job where you didn’t realize the amount of responsibilities that went along with that position? Take being a gas station attendant as an example. It seems like all their job entails is ringing up the customers as they come through the line, but there’s so much more to it than that. The same can be said about writing, especially when you’re self-published. Now, I don’t want to scare anyone away from taking this path when it comes to publishing, although I am a horror author, so fabricating a tale of misfortune is second nature to me, I just want to give advice that I wished I had received at the beginning of my journey.
Marketing your book is the hardest part of self-publishing. If you are completely writing and publishing for your own amusement, then this won’t really matter to you, but if you’re like me and you would like to pursue this path with high expectations, then this is great advice to take into consideration- and it’s also where I went wrong.
I started to become discouraged with my sales and what was once fun started to become more like work that wasn’t paying off.