You had dreamed of writing a book or a series until you couldn't take it any more. The itch needed scratched and you needed to free the creatures that had taken residence in your imagination before they consumed, devoured, or worse, possessed you.
So, write you did. You worked for months, and years perfecting not only the story but your delivery through study, peer review, and finally a professional edit.
You sighed, taking in a breath of fresh air when at last you had a beautiful cover that added color and vitality to your dream.
The monsters in your brain were freed.
The story was told and then you let Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Goodreads and Smashwords in on your dirty little secret, a secret that only you knew until you finally revealed to the world that you were the next Stephen King, Agatha Christie, or J.K. Rowling.
Screeeeeeech... [enter the scratching record noises].
Now, you know the truth.
Writing is more than tapping your long-time dreams into your word processor; it's also about running a business, marketing, public relations, and accounting. And much to your surprise, there are hundreds of thousands of other writers just like you with the same vision.
And now that you still haven't hit the jackpot like John Locke, you begin to obsess over every new sale in your Amazon KDP account. You sweat over where you'll find free publicity. You run a fever at the first sign of a bad review. You notch up your social media. You pay to advertise. You lower your pricing. You write guest blogs. Pant, pant, pant.
You do everything and anything to get noticed and read until finally, you realize that indie publishing isn't what you thought it would be.
You walk to your bed, lay down and wish the monsters were back inside, safe in the cave from whence they came.
Of course you ask yourself a few questions; questions that you should've asked before your writing life went from big dreams to tiresome reality...
- Can I handle subjective opinions of my work?
- Do I have time to build a platform, market, engage in social media, and continue writing?
- Is my family prepared and willing to lose a big part of me to a second job?
- Can I afford to build a quality book: editing, cover, formatting?
- Am I in this for the long haul or do I expect instant success?
- Do I have time to read and hone my craft?
- Am I willing to add more friends, contacts, associates and partners to my already hectic life?
- Am I really ready for publication?
- Am I willing to support and promote other authors for your mutual benefit?
- Which is the true monster, my book, or the business of publishing?
Will you give up? Can you continue at the pace you're on? Do you love writing and publishing, or are you simply infatuated with the idea of being published?
After much consideration, you shake your head, a few tiny creatures fly out of your ears and you discover that you're not done. You seem to have a knack for breeding monsters. You smile, plug the charger into your laptop and start another pot of coffee.
There's still one hour in the day to write, one more beast to command, one more book left in you. Final question: What will you do now?
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