First Time For Everything and Why
Updated: Jul 22, 2019
Wow. Who would have thought of all the work it takes to publish a book, not me. I have been following the indie community for about 2.5 years, but reading in it for about 5, and I had no idea the business side of publishing. In the 2 years that I have been following, I thought I knew all there was to know about publishing:
1. Write the book
2. Publish the book
See, easy. Boy was I wrong, so very wrong.
You need a marketing plan, a newsletter, a blog, a website, someone to create a cover, format your book, edit your book, read through your book prior to publication (to be those fresh eyes), and you can't forget the readers. You need their following. This list, only scratches the surface, as it changes daily on the needs. None of these "needs" are in any particular order, but you NEED them, like need to have them, not want them. See the turtle, this is how it feels, however, how do you eat a strawberry (or an elephant) one bite at a time. Oh, and don't forget everyone has an opinion on what is needed, and their opinions aren't always clear on why they feel that way, or they don't have the evidence to back up their opinion. Now, my college degree was in psychology, where we did heavy research and we had to back up all of our "opinions" with hard evidence, so I'm used to the evidence. In this world, their isn't always evidence to back up why authors do what they do, and sometimes you either have to trust them, or trust your guy (always go with you gut).
Which brings me to, why do this? Why spend all your "free" time in publishing a book? Good question, if I don't say so myself. Having your why is what helps guide you through all the hard times, through all those times you want to quit and give up. Your why is your glue to this industry. Know your why, and you can face any obstacle. Granted, I believe that in all aspects of life. If you know, your why then you can do it all.
It took me until January of 2018 when I chose my word for the year to know my why, which pushed me into finally consider myself an author, a real author, thus leading me to take this road seriously.
My why, is for me and me alone. I write for myself. I tell the stories I want to read. I write to inspire myself and my hope is someone else along the way. I have so many stories inside myself that are dying to come out, I always have, and now I get to bring them to life. I get to tell their story. Writing also helps me breath and gives me focus on something outside of my own world.
I read a quote that has stuck with me since I have started this journey, “Write the truth. A culture cannot evolve without honest, powerful storytelling. When society repeatedly experiences glossy, hollowed-out, pseudo-stories, it degenerates. We need true satires and tragedies, dramas and comedies that shine a clean light into the dingy corners of the human psyche and society. If not, as Yeats warned, ‘the centre cannot hold.’” – Robert McKee
This is what I hope to achieve in my writing career. Yes, it will be my career.
Know your why, and you can achieve anything.