When I started writing, I had dreams of walking into bookstores and seeing my books on shelves.
Let’s be real, what author doesn’t?
I imagined being picked up by a big publisher and making loads of money. Or, at least some money.
Again, let’s be real- what author doesn’t?
In 2015 I signed with my first agent. In 2017, I left my first agent.
The agent didn’t do anything wrong, per say. I think we were both at busy times in life and we weren’t in sync as a team.
I don’t regret that chapter of my writing journey. I have learned from it.
Four years later, I am re-entering the writing world with a new perspective. It’s not that I still don’t dream of seeing my books on shelves or don’t dream of making money doing what I love.
It’s that I’m not so cynical about potentially doing it a different way.
I think I’ve shared before my original thoughts on self-publishing. There are those who do it very successfully, and those who I think rush it without editing or investing more into it. But if I’m honest, I’ve seen it mostly as the latter. I’ve seen it as authors who don’t have the dedication to go the traditional route.
Let me say this right now: I was wrong.
I never thought I would self publish. Maybe if there was a project my agent couldn’t sell or didn’t adore and I felt it needed to get out into the world. But I never thought I would “cut corners” and self publish because I was tired of chasing agents and publishers.
I thought self-publishing was the easy route, and I was determined to take the solid, though perceivably very difficult, traditional path.
But with age comes perspective, and the only thing constant is change, and here I am to say:
I’m self publishing one of my books.
Also, when I now think that I thought self-publishing was easy, let me say: I was wrong.
It might not be the right path for everyone, and even just a year ago I probably would have laughed if you suggested I was going to do this… but it is the RIGHT path for me at the moment.
And, who knows- this could be the start of something big!
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