It’s tough to be a self-starter and to work independently when your efforts seem to be for naught.
Don’t you feel more like working when you’re actually experiencing positive feedback—when your articles are being accepted, your books are selling well and/or your clients are thanking you profusely for your good work? Ah, yes. And isn’t it annoying when you are ignored and rejected? It’s not easy to get back on that bucking horse. But successful writers and authors have done so many times. They’ve licked their wounds, tended to their bruises and climbed back up into the saddle. It’s the only way to succeed.
If you want writing/publishing success, giving up is not an option. If things aren’t going your way, find another way. And don’t look for the easy way out. One of the easy options offered to hopeful authors today is the pay-to-publish service option. These companies may call themselves self-publishing companies. They may seem like the answer to a struggling or hopeful author’s dreams. In reality, these publishing services may actually be stifling your dreams of success.
They don’t do anything to help you grow as a writer or as an author. They take more away from you than just your money. They give you an easy way out of the frustrating, difficult process of authorship. They publish your book for a fee and then toss you to the wolves. In the process, you have not been encouraged or guided in how to make your book the best that it can be. You know nothing or little about the publishing industry and how you fit into it. You are not prepared for the reality of your promotional responsibilities. And you are trying to sell a book that may not be ready for an audience and that is often too high priced to sell.
If you are contemplating turning your book over to a fee-based publishing service, PLEASE read my book first. The most valuable gift you can give yourself is knowledge. Educate yourself about the publishing industry—learn about your choices and the ramifications of those choices. Don’t spoil your chance for publishing success. Arm yourself with knowledge and make educated decisions.
Order your copy of “Publish Your Book” today. It’s in print, Kindle and audio at Amazon.com. It’s filled with information, resources and inspiration from my forty years in the business and provides perspective and guidance from an additional two dozen professionals and others who have experienced some measure of publishing success.
Note: This message was first posted here in June of 2006—only the book title I recommend has changed. “Publish Your Book” is the revised, updated version of another book I wrote for you—“The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book.”