I’ll admit here and now I have never been a person to delve into politics, business, religion or anything that I felt didn’t have a close correlation to my life. I let those that are zealous about things duke it out and keep to myself only taking in what I feel pertains to my well-being.
But I’m finding that being a self-published author, I can’t have a lackadaisical attitude. I have to pay more attention to the business end of writing, the publishing end of writing, and the marketing end of writing. All elements I would rather leave to someone else, but if I want to succeed, I have to buck up and pay attention and learn what I need to learn.
The days of a writer sitting down in the chair and writing by long-hand, then typewriter and sending it off and forgetting anything other than writing the next story is gone.
Now, you write the story, while doing publicity for it and the one before and the other books. You have to keep up with all the self-pub venues, learn the different formats they each take and how to size the cover after you’ve found a cover artist you can work with or taken time from your writing to design your own cover.
After the product is uploaded there’s finding ways to keep putting it in front of readers and pushing your sales up. Begging for reviews, asking around to fellow self-pub authors what they do, how that worked for them. And realizing you’ve spent most of your writing time with the business side of writing and you still have to hit your goal of 3000 words today.
Do I sound like I’m not having fun?
I am having fun helping design my covers, having the ability to write what I want to write, and meeting great people. But I would have more fun if I could use all my brain for writing and not have to worry about the areas, I blissfully ignored when I first started writing.
If you are a published writer what is the most daunting thing about your career? The most fun?
As a pre-published writer, what are you dreading and looking forward to when you get published?