Read this before entering our world…..and consider yourself warned.
I apologize in advance if this post is more like a rant. My previous post, ‘To Join KDP Select or Not…That is the Question’ created so many viewpoints on self publishing and marketing, it made me realize just how increasingly difficult it is to be a writer.
Someone asked, “Being a writer is easy, right?” not long ago, and I wasn’t sure if it was a joke. My response was tongue in cheek, “Oh yeah, you work 60 hours a week and get paid in likes, comments and shares….sure, it’s easy work.” I waved.
If it was easy, everyone would be successful at it, right? Let’s face it, there are many writers out there, but there are also many unsuccessful writers. Just like any profession. The trouble is, most writers don’t even get to make through the door. We have our book, our baby, in hand. We’ve poured months, if not years of our lives into our first masterpiece, only to have the door slammed in our face.
When you finally have your manuscript completed, you haven’t even scratched the surface.
I had this conversation with a young man a short time ago. He’d written a novel during high school a few years ago, and he sent it to one publisher who rejected it. He burned his original manuscript in protest.
Most people assume that being a writer is just about writing books, hitting the best seller list and kicking back.
If you want a career that tests your patience….be a writer.
After you’ve written your heart out on paper, then you have to worry about beta readers, editors and reviewers. Then the burning question:
Do I send query letters to agents and publishers, or do I self publish?
That is the question that’s been on my mind since my first book, and I think this is where the problem lies. If you do it properly and follow through with the steps (beta readers, editors, reviewers), make your manuscript the best it can be, and THEN send it to agents and publishers, some writers MIGHT have a chance.
I think this is what’s going wrong in the publishing world. Too many people are skipping all these important steps and either sending to publishers/agents or self publishing immediately after their first draft. Perhaps trying to make a fast buck? So the bottleneck effect happens at the publishing stage. Is this why publishers are closing the door on newbie authors? Is this why we are being forced to self publish? Or is is about choice?
Then, once you’ve arrived at the decision to self publish, you have to research WHERE.
I will not get into a rant about KDP Select, this was covered in my last post. But what I will say is that you need to have your book available in as many formats and as many platforms as possible. DO NOT LIMIT YOURSELF!! We all know the big ones are Amazon and Smashwords. But we STILL haven’t even scratched the surface.
Are you still with me?
Next, you have to worry about marketing. HOW do I get my book seen? Everyone knows the two biggest and best ways are through BLOGGING and SOCIAL MEDIA. Do you want to laugh? You have to have your social platform established BEFORE you get to this step! Yes! No jokes! Banging your head against the wall yet?
Do you know why? Even if you have best selling material, had the best cover possible created and hired a world renowned editor to polish your story…..guess what? NOBODY WILL CARE!! Haha!! The joke’s on you!
And you can’t just create any old platform, grab all the followers and likes as possible and blog away any old stuff. You have to obtain a targeted audience, blog quality content consistently, establish community within your audience and hopefully have loyal people reading your posts and sharing.
Do you still want to be a writer?
What do you think is causing so many challenges in the world of publishing?
What are your success stories? What are your failures?
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