As some of you know, I have authored and self published two books. About six months ago, I had something happen that I thought was pretty cool. A person I know spoke at a conference in Europe two summers ago. Unbeknownst to me, he took copies of the first book I published called A Clear Viewand gave it to someone from Italy. That person took the book back with him, read it and began telling others about it. As more and more people started reading it, an Italian publisher got interested in translating it into Italian and contacted me about getting permission to do that. Needless to
say, I was thrilled. Not because there is going to be some financial windfall, but because I wrote something and got it published and people who I have never met are being impacted by the work. This is one of the reasons why self publishing is so great. Instead of the manuscript sitting in a drawer. It is a book that people can order if they want and read if they want and publish in another language if they want. Tell me what author would not want that to happen and self publishing makes that possible every day.
But something else happened in this experience that made me realize why self publishing is so hard. The Italian publisher wanted me to add another chapter and he gave me a deadline by when he wanted it submitted. Sounds simple and obvious doesn’t it, but what occured to me is when you self publish there is no one else setting a deadline for you. You are usually on your own and so it is very easy to procrastinate and put off writing and publishing. That is one of the reasons why I think self publishing is so hard. You have to push your self and set your own timeline and deadline. Sounds simple and obvious doesn’t it, but I think it is one of the reasons why so many authors interested in self publishing never get their manuscript done. Don’t let that be you. Set a deadline by when you want your manuscript complete. Pick an event or occasion or some date you can shoot for and that will keep you motivate and get your book into the hands of readers. You never know where it might end up.