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Podcast #36- There Are Other Ways

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I discussed how two events in the last week influenced my perspective on the path I should pursue with my book. I got a reiki reading and I finished a good book. I feel I gave up submitting query letters to agents too soon.

When a literary agent requested a book proposal from me in November, deep down I felt I was going to get a contract. When I was rejected, I was so disappointed that I could only think about the rejection rather than the excellent advice she gave me.

This winter, I felt unmotivated and stuck. I believe the reiki session and the book were both necessary for me to hear some unpleasant truths.

For the first time in over a year and a half, I changed the quote over my desk from Keep Going to this:

I came up with this quote on my own, which is unusual for me. It felt like it was appropriate for this post and podcast.

When searching for a book on Amazon, you may browse through categories such as Best Books of the Month, Celebrity Picks (my least favorite section), Amazon Book Review, Popular Authors and Series, and so on.

When you visit a physical bookstore, they also have a variety of sections. They even have an As Seen on TikTok section at my local Barnes and Noble.

But you know what none of the preceding have? A section titled Self-Published or as Amazon calls it, Independently Published. A section for authors who do the majority of the work themselves.

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In a nutshell, so as not to bore those of you who did not want a self-publishing lesson, I’ve spent the last three months attempting to navigate these waters, and let me tell you, I don’t have a life jacket and can’t find the person who knows where to obtain one. Well, I can, but it will cost me $3,000 to do so.

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It’s a lot of running around in circles and there aren’t a lot of definitive answers on which path to choose. I’m not usually good at that kind of thing.

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Who do you know who has written and self-published a book?

Now that I understand how difficult this process truly is, I want to help authors who are doing this alone.

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Below are some of the self-published books I was able to find.

And We All Breathe the Same Air: A Poetry Anthology by Augie’s Bookshelf and Molly Wolchansky

The Things I Didn’t Say in Therapy by Logan Duane

Always Only You by Chloe Liese

It Matters: See, Hear, and Say by Tony Gardner

Always Only You by Chloe Liese is available on but it is currently backordered. Chloe is also now represented by a literary agent, so this must’ve been her first book. I love a good ending, don’t you? You can see all of her other books on her website.

Space for Gratitude: The 6-Minute Journal for Increased Happiness, Gratitude, & Self-Understanding (Learn How to Be Happy) by Sonya Feher

Melancholy & Cinnamon: A Journey Through Mental Hell by Gabrielle G.

The Words I Wish I Said by Caitlin Kelly

Dear Midnight by Zack Grey

Natures Bounty: A Chapbook of Poems About Nature by Justin Farley

Self-Esteem for Women: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcome Doubt and Insecurity, Improve Your Confidence and Build a Strong Mental Attitude by Rachel Brown and Martina Levin

Fin by Jude Angelini

Through the Fog: Navigating Life’s Challenges While Raising Kids with Hearing Loss by Valli Gideons

The Soul Happy Book: Reprogram Your Mind Using Groundbreaking Techniques Bridging Science and Spirituality by Tracy Zboril and Cara Hewett

The BEST Thing Ella Ever Did by Shavon Ortiz and Jessica Lugo (Illustrator)

Master of Your Youniverse: Your future happier version asked me to tell you to read this book by Adil Benjamin

Taking Back Old: Poetry Celebrating Old Women by Leona Nicholas Welch

The Year We Ruined Our Lives: A Family Road Trip Through Mexico and Central America by Paul Carlino and Mila Villasana (Illustrator)

Then There Was Larry: A Memoir by Marie Estorge

Whimsical Woodland| A Walk in the Woods Coloring Book: Over 30 Beautiful Illustrations with Trees, Animals, Flowers, Mushrooms + More by Melanie Bess

Mayhem at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort (The Happy Valley Series) by Leslie Noyes

The Edge by Clark Douglas

R. Ann Ciracusa books

Joanne Tracey books

Length of Light by Deborah Weaver

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit by Valerie Dunsmore

If you’ve self-published a book or know of someone who has, please share it in the comments. In the coming week, I will be adding a permanent link at the top of my blog.

29 thoughts on “Podcast #36- There Are Other Ways”

  1. I’ve known a few people who have self-published, but that was before the www. In those cases it was costly, and then they had to market the books themselves. I’ve also known a few people who used university presses to have their books published, but they always had an angle to get those presses to publish for them. They still had to market the books on their own. I wish you well. I know you’ll do great.

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    1. Oh LAWD, I know! When I see “don’t mail in your manuscripts” at the top of the submission guidelines, all I can think about are the authors who came before me. God bless all of them.

      Thank you, Ally. It’s the journey, not the destination, right? RIGHT? πŸ™‚

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    1. I’d never really knew what zines were until my friend Rebecca explained them to me a few months ago. During my research, I came across a cool independent publisher called Microcosm Publishing, which you might dig. I’m not sure if it’s your thing, but they are quite cool.

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  2. Joanne Tracey is one of my favorite self- published authors. She write cute little chick-lit type stories that have great character development and she blogs about her whole writing process too. I actually “found” her book through her blogging. I want to say she has 8 or 9 of them out and I know she’s currently working on at least two more.

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  3. I’m interested in following your journey and where it leads you. Here are two self-published authors I know:

    R. Ann Siracusa became city planner of Rome in the 1960s when she couldn’t get a job in the US because she was a woman. (She had to learn Italian quickly!) She’s my husband’s aunt. Her career includes city planner of LA, building the Metro Rail and then city planner of Santa Monica — all while self-publishing eight or nine books!

    A childhood friend self published “The Edge” last year. You can find it on Amazon under his writing name Clark Douglas. I ordered it and I really enjoyed reading it.

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  4. These are not authors I know πŸ™‚ But I did read that The Celestial Prophecies was initially self-published (and sold out of the author’s car?), and 50 Shades of Grey was initially self-published (and initially published as Twilight fan fiction).

    I also read that Chicken Soup for the Soul (not self-published) was rejected a whopping 144 times (I couldn’t make up that number if I tried), and he persisted. And it became a best-seller. Just saying.

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  5. I’m poking along writing my memoir and once I have it done, yikes -THEN WHAT? Will anyone want it? I feel like writing a book is such a lofty project with no promise of a desired end result. I REALLY wish it wasn’t this hard. I wish you all the best and I’m glad that you’ve taken a new approach, fresh start. So hoping your dream becomes a reality my friend.

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  6. My friend, Deborah Weaver has written a couple (a few?) non-fiction books but I honestly don’t know if she self-published. I can either ask her or put you in touch with her.

    What is a Reiki reading? I mean, I know what Reiki is (I better – I’m level one; want to be certified in level 2 this year), but I’ve never heard of someone doing a reading using Reiki.

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  7. Book covers! Omg same! Especially when I was younger. Such a sucker for book covers.

    That’s awesome you had such a meaningful reiki reading (also I have so many questions about getting a reiki reading lol. I am fascinated!).

    YES to focusing on the positive, trying another way! Your quote is fantastic & so so meaningful that these are Your words! There are other ways. We need to make space for positive things, other ways, not closing doors prematurely. I am rooting for you Kari!

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    1. I plan to write a post about book covers. Because I have a certain cover in mind for my book, I created a Pinterest board dedicated to book covers!

      It was such an amazing experience. I went in with an open mind and came out feeling so much lighter. I would suggest it to anyone who is feeling blocked in their lives.

      You are so kind, Maddie. Your words mean so very much to me and to my book. You’re all such an important part of this whole process. πŸ™‚

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