This past week I’ve been distracted, frustrated, and so unorganized. (Damn you Plants v Zombies!).
Ever since I got my iPad I seem to spend more time on that than I do writing. Of course it doesn’t help when I have two small children running around screaming that one had the audacity to touch the others Lego.
Sometimes I just need to escape from the clatter, you know?
Yes I know I’m kidding myself. I’ve got plenty of time to write if I ‘make the time’. They why didn’t I this week?
I think I’m scared.
You see the book is about ¾ finished. It’s so close. Nearly there.
But I’m scared about finishing it and ‘putting it out there’.
I don’t really know why, my trad published books are a breeze and I had no hesitation to hand over the finished manuscript for them to design, edit, proofread, market and the rest.
Then why am I afraid of doing it myself? I’m already an author, so why is it so hard to make that shift and go indie?
I think the reason I’m afraid of self publishing right now is because it will be all me. If it fails then I can’t then blame the publisher for bad marketing, or blame the bookstores for closing down. If it doesn’t sell then there is no-one else to point the finger at.
The old saying ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ keeps playing through my head though. And I will. I won’t let this hesitation stop me for publishing.
It did however get me thinking about a number of reasons why authors might be scared of self publishing, and here is a small list I came up with.
Scared of Failing. This is my fear right now, however I think the fear is unfounded and really based on insecurity and not knowing what will happen. Solution: Just Do It. You’ll fail much worse if it sits on your hard drive and no-one ever reads it.
Scared of Getting a Bad Review. It’s a reality that no-one is going to like everything, but one bad review shouldn’t be of too much concern. You’ll just have to toughen up and accept that it’s part of putting yourself out there (and this isn’t limited to just self-pubbers either!)
No-one Will Buy It. I think that’s highly unlikely. Sure you might only sell a few copies a month, but you also might sell hundreds a day. You never know unless you try.
People Look Down On Indie Authors. I actually think this is changing. The whole industry is so upside down right now that people don’t know what it’s going to look like in 6 months, 12 months, 2 years time. Lately, even the staunchest pro-traditional publishing authors are starting to change their minds.
All Indie Books Suck. Sure there are a few really dreadful self published books out there, but there are also some gems. Just make sure you produce the best book you can, get it edited, proofread, get a professional cover designer and you’ll be 90% there.
Indie Authors Don’t Make Any Money. Again not true. Big names like Amanda Hocking and Joe Konrath are killing it. You can too.
I Don’t Want To Do Everything Myself. Then Don’t. You actually shouldn’t be doing everything yourself anyway. You need an editor and/or proofreaders, a cover designer and a marketing team. If you have skills in one or two of these you can probably do some of it yourself, but the rest – hire out to contractors.
Phew. What about you? Any fears of becoming an indie author?