80's Names| My Name is on the List| Grieving – A Grace Full Life
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below are some of the self-published books I was able to find.
Always Only You by Chloe Liese is available on Bookshop.org 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.
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.