A few years ago, I wrote a novel. My very first one.
I knew I wanted it to be published, but I had no clue what to do. How could I share my book with the world? I really wasn’t sure what I should do next.
So many questions started flooding my mind:
- What is self-publishing and is it an option for me?
- Should I try my hand at traditional publishing?
- If self-publishing is my best option, what platform do I use?
Help Is Much Closer Than You Think
After my panicking, I took to Twitter. It’s a fantastic tool for meeting people. I searched for a few indie authors, studied up on them and their work, and then I reached out to them.
The first thing I did was congratulate them on their publishing success, which opened the door for communication. Then I shared that I had completed my manuscript and had no clue what to do next.
Thankfully, I was able to connect with two writers: Max Andrew Dubinsky and Brandon Clements. Both authors were very responsive. In talking with them, I realized that self-publishing was the right fit for me. Then these fine authors even took the time to walk me through so many ins and outs of self-publishing.
Fast Forward To Today
Now I’ve written and self-published four books. I’ve even had other writers come to me asking for insight and advice about publishing. First-hand experience and insight is pure gold, and you should sprinkle that gold everywhere you can.
Here are the ways you can make this happen for you if you’re feeling stuck or unsure of how to complete your project:
- Admit you don’t know what you’re doing. I know it sounds a little backwards, but this is really how you’ll move forward. This will open up so many doors for you. Even if you want to research everything yourself, humility goes a long way in any endeavour.
- Find others with experience. The Internet can be a dark and dirty place, but it also connects you with people who have walked the same road as you. Find them, build relationships and keep nurturing your contacts. I have made some incredible friends online who I’ve never met in person. Utilize the Internet for its good!
- Ask good questions. Good questions are the questions you simply cannot find the answer to. If they’re willing to answer, they’re a good resource to have. If they don’t want to answer you, respect them, but don’t sweat it. They once didn’t know the answers, and if they think they’re too good to shed light from their own experience, they’re not worth having as a resource or a mentor.
- Follow through and publish your work. This is still the scariest part. But once it’s released, you can revel in the satisfaction of a job well done — and a dream that has been realized.
- Do it all again. Give yourself a nice break after reaching your publishing goal, but now that you’ve accomplished this feat, you know how to do it again and again. Who knows, people may even start asking YOU for advice!
Hi. I’m Todd. Author of 4 books, 2 feature screenplays and 1 short film. I love words and I’m learning how to use them. I consume stories in every medium and strive to create stories for others to enjoy. Find my latest fiction (“Love, Or Something Like It: A Connection Of Stories”) on Amazon.