When I decided to self-publish my first novel, "A Convoluted Tale", it was a decision made both on a whim and with much consideration. I had worked for some time, submitting the novel to traditional publishers, all of whom at this time were not taking on new clients, or politely suggested I get an agent first. It was a complicated procedure, agents, like publishers, wanted no part of me unless I was published and successful. Understandable, but how was I to become published and successful if no one would publish me?
It was then that a good friend of mine suggested I self-publish my book as an eBook. He pointed out that while formatting may cause some challenges, and I would have to do the editing myself, it was a great way to get my work and my name out there. I hemmed and hawed over the idea for days, tinkering with my book and getting it into the best possible shape I could imagine. Then one day I just decided to take my friend at his word and after obtaining an ISBN and copyright, I uploaded my book onto Amazon and lulu.com (which would serve as aggregate for Nook and iBookstore). It was terrifying and exciting all at once. I have never been so euphoric or so frightened! It was great! It was, and is, also a great deal of work.
Self-publishing means, of course, that since I have no marketing team, or cover design team, or editor, I do all that myself. It is, on one hand, fantastic to have creative control over every aspect of my work. On the other hand, it is a tremendous amount of work. Every day I work on marketing my book, as well as work on writing the new book, which I hope to have out in a month or so. I also attempt to learn from the mistakes I made with the first book, studying what works and what does not, so that I am better prepared and more successful with launching the second, which will hopefully help encourage interest in the first book. It is an adventure indeed, with no one between me and the reader I get marvelous feedback, both positive and negative, which provides me with many opportunities to learn and grow. In addition, it means that the responsibility to get in contact with my reader rests solely on my shoulders, which some days seems a heavy, yet joyful, burden indeed.
I am only beginning to embark on this adventure of self-publishing my work. I have my first novel out, and my second coming soon, and I am tinkering with the idea of trying some children's books as well. This is an exciting and emotional experience, as all writing is, and I am honored and delighted to partake of this adventure with my readers.