Well, here it is. The last Self-Publishing Sunday post. 12 posts over 4 months – I can’t believe it! Thanks for supporting me, this series, and wanting to keep reading week after week. If you want to look at any of these posts in the future, pin the image below on Pinterest, and bookmark this page. The image and link are also moving to my Writing page.
First, I want to share some self-publishing companies with you that I didn’t share back in the first companies post. There are SO MANY companies out there, but a lot of them have a start-up fee. Personally, with all other costs out there with self-publishing, I don’t know if I would use any of them since I’m working with a teacher’s salary in the first place. However, that is up to you.
I also want to talk about some other advice I have for self-published authors.
(1) Don’t give up. There are going to be so many days where you just don’t want to do any of the work any more. But try and remember why you’re doing this in the first place, and what you want to achieve. You’re the only one who can make your dreams come true. Don’t let the discouragement stop you. That’s temporary. But if you don’t work your butt off, you’ll always wonder what would have happened if you hadn’t.
(2) Put yourself out there. What’s the worst thing that can happen? It doesn’t get published/it doesn’t sell a lot. Disappointing, maybe. But the world won’t stop turning.
(3) Be organized. Use whatever way works for you – computer, binder, whatever – but keep everything organized. Know who you’ve talked to and about what. Know where you’ve posted and about what. Know where your documents are and how to reach them. Oh, and ….
(4) Back EVERYTHING up. The absolute last thing you want is to lose everything (or even half of it all).
(5) Reach out to your fellow self-published authors. It really isn’t like competitors or anything. There are tons of people out there who have the experience to answer your questions, or who will help support you in some way. Don’t feel like you can’t talk to them just because you’re both in the same field and/or working for the same audience.
As always, let me know if you have any questions. I am always here to answer your self-publishing questions if you need me to! Thanks for reading and supporting. Love you all!