The traditional road to publishing can be long and winding. Do it yourself, and you’d better have a good pair of shoes.
I often share stories of my self-publishing journey; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The ugly moments came mostly from my own misconceptions about the process.
Myth #1 Build It and They Will Come…
Once you publish your book, it will fly off the shelves!
One of the biggest misconceptions I had when starting out was that if I could just get my book published, the hard work would be over. Little did I know it had just begun!
I wanted to try something different in this post. I am hoping you will join me to build an unofficial list of self-publishing myths or things you’ve learned along the way that may be helpful to others. Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.
Jennifer Jensen (@jenjensen2)
March 4, 2016 at 1:58 am
Hi Michelle! (*waves*) I think you hit the big myth right off – there’s as much marketing to do as there was writing. Or more.
I’ll add #2: most of my family and friends will buy the book – and review it. Not! A number of them bought it, most in print, but getting reviews from them are like pulling teeth. I”m not even asking for 5 stars, just an honest review. Why is it so hard?
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Michelle R. Eastman
March 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm
I feel your pain! I don’t know why people drag their feet with reviews. Maybe it’s intimidating, maybe everyone is wrapped up in their own stuff. I just had to prompt my own mom to post a review after my second book has been out since late fall. Sometimes I just have to laugh at some of the things we go through after the “hard part” of writing the book is over!