Hey all you lovely people, 😊
I’m here to fill you in on what’s happening with my publishing journey! I decided to turn around and go the self-publishing root. I tried for almost a year applying to literary agents, so I could end up being traditional published but in reality, most times I never even got a reply (Screw ‘em).
I can start by saying that self-publishing has been a THOUSAND times more work than I imagined it would be (and more expensive). This has been hands down one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. From ISBN and barcodes, pricing, press releases, figuring out how to even get your stuff on a publishing site, book covers, copyright, to social media presence, the works. I can go into each of those things in detail in separate posts if you guys want (for anyone also trying to self-publish).
It can all get very overwhelming and discouraging and I must admit that in the five years I’ve been on this book journey I almost quit more than a few times. Even right before I made the decision to self-publish (Only a month and a half ago) I literally almost quit for real. I was thinking I’ve gotten all these rejections… maybe this really isn’t for me? But then I got my shit together and remembered you must fight for your dreams.
I suppose when my book finally gets released all the hard work will feel amazing off my shoulders. Speaking of when its getting released! We are shooting for an early July launch! (And by “We” I mean my dad and I. Which when I say “my team” I also mean just me and my dad lol). Even though all of this is good positive stuff for my life, the book release etc, I still find myself being super stressed by it all. Maybe it’s the idea of people hating it? it never being read? Me being seen/ having something attached to my name? or it becoming successful? Which is honestly my biggest fear. This is a time of huge growth and massive action in my life. I am trying my best to keep my head on straight and to stay focused on what’s important. But to also enjoy it a little.
Believe me, if I can do this, anybody can.
Looking forward to sharing more with you guys, sorry this is a short little update post. But there is much more to come, trust me!
Follow your dreams, kid.