Writing your book today is becoming the new normal. Taking your thoughts and ideas and simply putting them in book form can sound a bit complicated. So, you’ve heard friends, family, and maybe even people in passing talk about one day writing their books. Today we have arrived in 2018 and people are designing their lifestyles around authoring their ideas, creative stories and even fictional characters and living the lives they’ve been destined to live.
So, this idea of self-publishing has taken over. Authors can now publish their books on their own instead of waiting for a major publishing company to give formal approval. Is this right or wrong you may ask? Well, I’m going to share what was told to me years ago, way back when I had no idea of what to do. I was in the beginning stages of writing a book about my life story. I was sharing every detail of experiences I had been through only to help others. I was talking to an author I was connected with on yahoo groups. At that time this was one of our only forms of communicating with other writers. He had not long before started his publishing company and suggested I send him a sample and so I did. I sent my first few chapters I had written. I was extremely excited about what I had accomplished so far and keep in mind of course this was one of my greatest dreams and I’d finally started the ball rolling. As I’m patiently waiting, he sends a response back and simply says, “If you were asking me to publish this, I would not”. Of course I was shattered like wow, so my story wont be published.
He went on to say there is no market for this? He said his motto was “if it doesn’t make money it doesn’t make sense”. So now, as I revisit this story I’m amazed at how we accept whatever is thrown to us and simply say forget it. From this point my mind was at my story is not good enough. Then in this same moment, I remembered I’d just met an author at an event a few weeks before. I didn’t buy his book, but I collected his bookmarks and business cards. I was in desperate need of a second opinion. I called him and told him about the previous conversation I had about my book. He simply said don’t listen to anyone, just write your book and publish it. He said, “Your audience will find you”. With God as my witness, this was the best advice I’ve ever received in this field. From this example its easier now days more than ever to write your story and Self Publish. Self-Publishing can be challenging but very rewarding if you put the work in.
I hope this story can help someone in their writing project. Connect with me on social media @blackwritersspace or @thebeautifulboss.
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