15 books later - I'm ready to teach
Did you ever start out meaning to do one thing, but then life becomes its own kind of rabbit hole, and you do something else?
If you’re lucky, sooner or later, you end up back where you started.
And you get to try again.
About 12 years ago, when I heard about independent publishing – I thought it was amazing. The idea that you didn’t have to get approval and didn’t need permission to get your book published and into the hands of readers. You could do it yourself, your own way, on your own timetable.
I learned as much as I could about how to do it and where to get help on the technical parts I couldn’t do myself.
I had two plans. One was to take already published books and make them available in paperback and eBook.
The other – the one I rehearsed over and over in my mind – was to teach people how to publish their books. Most of the writers I knew didn’t have the time or the interest to learn how to do it on their own. So I would do a class. Maybe at The Writer’s Center or Adult Ed or . . .
Old habits die hard. I’m definitely part of what I consider the Beauty Queen/Teacher’s Pet generation. Even though I loved the idea of publishing my own books, I never thought of giving my own class. I wanted permission, approval, and validation.
It’s taken me 12 years to realize I can just give a class on how to become an author-publisher.
What I wish for every writer is to get – a wonderful agent who answers in a week, a fabulous book deal that leads to fame and fortune, and maybe a five-part TV series and a slot in a celebrity book club.
But if that doesn’t happen. Then I wish you the pleasure of seeing your book in print just as you imagined it.
More about the class as soon as I have dates.
In the meantime, I’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide on the basics of Self-Publishing for Authors. It’s free.
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