Self Publishing: 6 Things I Learned (So Far)

1) Edit. Then Edit Again. Repeat.

Yes, I am serious. 🙂

You will probably edit your work about 20 + times before you are satisfied with it.  With each edit, you find new ways to improve your story’s plot, flow, character development, etc.. You will know your story and your characters inside and out once you’re done.

2) Editors! (Yes, more editing)

So you’ve gone over your manuscript fifty times, but you still need an editor. A fresh pair of eyes will catch things that you missed before. I was shocked that I had actually missed a couple of grammatical and spelling errors after all those self-edits.

3) Stay Productive

Don’t hinder your success as a writer by waiting for that mystical moment where you are dripping with inspiration. I know, nothing can compare to that. But if it isn’t there, you need to power through if you ever want to complete and then publish your book.

If you feel stressed or just uninspired, take a walk, read a good book, or play music that…well…inspires you to get into writing mode.

The only person holding you back from writing is you.

4) Self-Publishing is Affordable

I kept my self-publishing costs below $2,000. Not so bad. But if I had been a little more patient and did some more research, I could have kept the budget easily at $1,000.

5) Networking

The support and guidanceyou get from fellow writers and authors is very helpful. Plus, many friendly book bloggers will feature new writers on their websites for interviews and reviews – free advertising!

6) Feeling Accomplished

After years of writing, editing, and re-writing your novel, nothing feels better than launching your book into the world, then seeing the sales report start to grow in earnings.

By the Sword was so much fun to write, but self-publishing really scared me at first. The challenge gave me a huge confidence (and maturity) boost. It showed me that I have it in me to do anything I set my mind to.

You have it in you, too! Your amazing, unique story idea is also worth the effort.

It has been an overall amazing experience!

Do you have any questions about the self-publishing process? Feel free to ask. Or, do you have anything you would like to add about what you learned on your road as an indie author?

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16 thoughts on “Self Publishing: 6 Things I Learned (So Far)

  1. I think one of the most important things I learned is not to spend too much time promoting your book and devote more time to getting more novels out. The more novels you have under your belt, the better visibility you get.

  2. Great tips! I am curious about your new book you are working on. Do you have to do a lot of research for the time period that your book is taking place? Your flash fiction piece makes me think you might have some history background, or I might be off base.

  3. And sometimes the very best thing you can do with your manuscript is to put it down and go fishing. Or work in the garden, or build that addition to your living room. Sometimes, you just need to get away from it for a while. When writing becomes drudgery you begin to resent your work and your craft. Everything suffers. Go take a walk in the woods.

    All the very best to you, Sara Flower!

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