In past decades, writers, good and bad, have been turned away from the gates of traditional publishing. The published author was often the one who had managed to swim through a sea of rejections and keep crashing against the seawalls until they found a way in.
Self-publishing has changed in 5 years
Nowadays, with traditional publishers fighting Amazon, and self-publishers squabbling amongst themselves, you could be led to believe that becoming self-published is easy. You just have to write the book and put it up on Amazon.
Maybe that was true of self-publishing five years ago, but successful self-publishing today is a combination of carefully planned:
- Writing for a popular market
- Good editing (as it still is in traditional publishing)
- Well designed book covers that catch attention
- A carefully crafted launch strategy
- Continual self-promotion
Today you have to develop a ‘presence’ on the Internet with Blogs, author websites, a regular presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, popping up with comments on other sites where writers/readers might be – like Goodreads website.
Self-publishing success = quantity
So where is the time for writing goals? Well, it seems from the blogs and books I read, authors can no longer linger over the fine details of a book until it reaches perfection. Instead they must be writing a book a month, or as writer Alex Foster in Writing a Kindle Book a Week suggests writing quantity and accepting smaller income from each publication.
Joanna Penn, author of three thrillers, is setting her sights on a writing goal of creating three books a year using a method suggested by authors Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rush The video is well worth a watch and you might want to follow-up with a look at Wesley Smith’s website where he demonstrates his method by publicly revealing how many words per day he puts on paper.(http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/productivity-workshop-starting/).
Finding the magical key to self-publishing
Get the picture?
Currently challenged as I am, with editing my completed novel, juggling life and expectations of others, plus a part-time contract, how I can achieve a greater output eludes me. The trouble for me is that there are so many blogs and books to read on the subject, I don’t have time to discover the magical key to major output AND successful self-publishing.
So hello other writers who are struggling with this plethora of ideas and options. Self-publishing isn’t easier; it’s just more possible with a lot more work.
Heather Sylvawood, (struggling) Amazon Author