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Your Publishing Journey—An Obstacle Course

Today’s guest post is from Shannon Young, who shares a great story of how she pursued a writing dream and learned ways to overcome obstacles. 

Unless you are the Usain Bolt of self-publishing, chances are good that you have worried about how to find readers. You don’t have ten-second world-is-watching moments, but you are looking for ways to get the audience’s attention. You are running toward a goal, and you want the world to take notice.

My original gold-medal goal was to find an agent for a travel memoir about the year I followed a man I met at a fencing club to Hong Kong. I queried and got some full requests, but regularly heard that it’s difficult to sell a memoir without a hefty platform. In an effort to find my own audience, I self-published a 20,000-word travel memoir about my adventures at the Beijing Olympics. Continue Reading…

Indie Authors–You Can’t Go It Alone

I’ve been featuring guest bloggers who’ve had some success with self-publishing, in print and with ebooks. Some have been traditionally published and others have ventured out as indie authors. By having many authors writing in various genres around the world speak about the publishing experience and sharing helpful tips, hopefully their insights and suggestions will smooth out your road to success. Today’s guest post is by author James Wilcox from Kansas City:

I have to be honest with you. When I started down the path to becoming a self-published author, I didn’t know what I was getting into. I had a completed manuscript, a stack of rejection letters, and an unhealthy amount of frustration. I hadn’t really considered self-publishing because I was confident that I would find an agent and sign a book deal. After nearly two years of sending out query letters and sample pages, I realized I was out of options. It was then that I decided to look into self-publishing. I stumbled across CreateSpace, learned about Kindle Direct Publishing and then Smashwords, and decided to take the self-publishing plunge. Although I was excited to put together my first novel and enjoyed learning how to format an ebook, I made a huge mistake. I actually thought that self-publishing meant that I had to do everything myself. I thought I could handle the editing. I thought I could build a compelling cover. I thought I could handle formatting an ebook. I actually thought that I could handle every aspect of putting a quality novel together. Boy was I wrong. Continue Reading…

Indie Author Learns Something New Every Day

I’ve been featuring guest bloggers who’ve had some success with self-publishing, in print and with ebooks. Some have been traditionally published and others have ventured out as indie authors. By having many authors writing in various genres around the world speak about the publishing experience and sharing helpful tips, hopefully their insights and suggestions will smooth out your road to success.

Today’s guest post is by author Elaine Orr:

I started out trying to sell fiction to traditional publishers. Sometimes an editor or agent would write a paragraph about what they liked and say it “just wasn’t for them right now,” and I appreciated their encouragement. Finally, I decided to just write what I liked and created a cozy mystery series with a set of characters who like some of the things I enjoy (living near the beach) and have a similar quirky humor. Nothing autobiographical, just fun to write. Luckily, the first book of the Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series did not sell to a traditional publisher, so I stopped submitting after a few tries and wrote the next two books. As I did so, I developed the characters more fully and ended up changing the first book (Appraisal for Murder) a bit. Continue Reading…

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