Okay, tell me the truth, have you thought of stepping out from the books and writing your own? Come on, just between us, have you? Have you been busy with NaNoWriMo?
Fine, don’t tell me. I have. However, the thought of the waiting game and rejection letters terrifies me. The emergence of the ebook market had me thinking that maybe I should take a gander at self-publishing. Enter Joel Friedlander of the blog, The Book Designer and his book, A Self-Publisher’s Companion.
This Companion isn’t a how-to, it is more of a why-for. (Yes, I just made that up) He took some of his best blog posts and wrapped it up into one package that allows you to explore your motivations, think about just what it means to be self-published, and a whole lot more.
There are a million books out there that will tell you how to self-publish, but this is the only one that asks the important questions like should you self-publish or what does success mean to you.
These are important questions to answer. I would HIGHLY recommend reading this if you have thought about or perhaps mused upon writing. It is so thought provoking and will answer so many questions you may have about self-publishing. (And it doesn’t mean that you just slap a cover on your ebook and send it out to the world)
As for me and my writing, I am still trying to figure out what success means to me and what I am hoping to gain by it. Oprah is gone, so that dream is out and I am not sure that have the stones to submit my manuscripts over and over again only to be courting rejection. On the other hand, I am not sure that being able to hold a book with my name on it (that no one would buy) is enough for me. Thanks to The Self-Publisher’s Companion, I have a better grasp of what being self-published really means and just what it might mean to me.
What does success mean to you? This book might be an important step to achieving whatever it does mean to you.
Joel Friedlander has a great blog, The Book Designer, so if you are still on the fence about this, check it out.