Diving In

This week I self published my first book. This  was not something I took lightly and took me years to come to this. I finally came to a point I either needed to dive in or swim away. Even after my book was edited and the cover was made, I sat on this project for a few months.

I’ve tried going the traditional route to get published, and I still will. I have enough rejections to fill my bedroom to the ceiling. Don’t get me wrong, rejection sucks but it’s part of the process. I have gotten some feedback on my rejections which is helpful. It’s better than getting no response at all. Taking criticism is part of becoming a better writer.

I went into this journey as a learning one, and I hope to grow from it. Self publishing is not easy. There are very few that become an overnight success, and I’ve gone into this knowing I will get nothing back in return. I’ve had fun and am viewing it as working towards a goal.

It is nice to have a finished work under my belt. I have a few other projects I’m working on and hope to submit to some publishers soon. Is anyone else going through the same process? Tell me your experience with self publishing or going the traditional route.

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8 thoughts on “Diving In

  1. Congrats on publishing your first book =) I haven’t self-published anything yet, but I may next year. Like you, I decided I needed to sink or swim when it came to writing, so next year we’ll see what happens. I hope I come out of the year swimming, with an agent, a book deal, and two self-published books =)

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  2. I have the one self-published book (which I’m working on re-releasing) and some traditionally published short stories. My current main project is a novel that I plan to submit for traditional publication, but I’m putting a LOT of hours into the re-writing of the initial draft. It’s a huge amount of effort, and I’m preparing for numerous rejections, but I still want to try.

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    • Re-writing takes up a lot of my time to. It’s painful but has to be done. Self publishing is fun but I’d also like to try the traditional route as well. Can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

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  3. Cool bean. Congratulations on your new release! The cover looks great. Sounds like you have realistic expectations so that’s a plus. Self-publishing is a marathon, not a race. What’s your book about? Good luck with sales and good luck submitting your manuscripts to publishers or agents 🙂

    I remember self-publishing my first book in 2013, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. It definitely got me out of my shell.

    Keep smiling,
    Yawatta

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    • Thanks for the support! My book is a contemporary romance that takes place in New Orleans. I agree that self publishing will help me get out of my shell. It’s a lot of work but fun.

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