So I finally did it. I published my book! My lifelong goal has been accomplished.
But the Buck does not stop here.
I am beyond ecstatic, but the real work begins now. I have a physical product now. I have published my book, and could not be happier with the cover design.
Now all that's left is to market it. My dream now is to be a stay-at-home author. I am one step closer to that dream. I am learning every step of the way how hard it is to be an entrepreneur of your own work. I hope that I am up to the task.
So why did I decide to Self-Publish? Well, for starters, I’ve been trying for the better part of a decade to get published the “traditional” way. I have sent hundreds of query letters for multiple novels, and have nothing to show for it. To put it mildly, I am fed up.
I think Traditional Publishing suffers too much from the Good Old Boys complex. Either you know someone, or you get a copy/pasted rejection letter. I am sick of copy/pasted rejection letters. They are downright disrespectful. At least take the time to write out a real response! Tell me my query wasn’t any good. Tell me you don’t like the storyline. Tell me to go away! I’ll accept it.
The “I don’t think I’m the best fit for you” (or a variation of) is contrived and annoying. So I am done wasting time. I only have so many years on this Earth, and I’m not wasting another decade hoping and praying that I can find an “Agent” to represent me, and then hope and pray again that a Publisher will pick me up.
I am ready to take life by the horns and tell it to read my book.