First of all, a quick congratulations to our very own Michaela Rhua for the release of Guardian Awakening! It's a beautiful cover and she's a lovely lady - definitely go and check it out!
Recently I decided to jump head first into self publishing. After having several titles published through small digital presses, I wanted to stretch my wings and have more control over my writing career. I've learned a lot through my author friends and by being published in the last 2 years or so and, although I declare myself still a novice, I think I'm savvy enough use my common sense and better judgement with my books now (instead of jumping up and down and squeeing at every little thing... okay, I do still squee a little!).
Three months after starting to look into it, I've researched so much, I'm almost sick of reading about Amazon. I've procrastinated so much, I'm surprised I can make it out of bed in the morning. I've discarded so many words recently that I could have written 3 epic sagas from the leftovers.
My confidence is shot to bits. And it's because of my own inane sense of needing to know everything there is to know about self publishing. The more I read about personal experiences and of the nitty gritty of uploading books and formatting, marketing and sales figures etc, the more I convince myself my plans are wrong. The more I dithered over this new information I was constantly reading, the more my confidence in my own writing dropped.
So I took a step back and started making lists about all that knowledge I now have stored up in the ol' noggin. What did I finally realise I've learned over these past months? Sometimes you have to just knuckle down and do it. Simple, huh? Maybe my first S/P title will bomb. Maybe it won't. But I won't know anything unless I pull up my Wonder Woman knickers and self publish. Follow my dream and work hard. That's what it comes down to, right?
What's the moral of this story? The internet can be THE best resource in your career. It can also make you feel like a complete failure because you're not copying from someone else's documented success or that you're not as talented as the next person.
Next time I'm here I'll be showing you my new indie release. And will I be drinking tequila and simultaneously hiding under my pillow? You betcha. But what's the fun in life if you don't take a risk or two occasionally?
Now it's your turn. To make me feel better, is there anything you've been hiding from? Maybe your confidence has taken a hit recently but you're ready to join the Wonder Woman army with me? ;)
And, whilst we're on the subject, don't forget to check out the indie anthology from a few of the Nuthouse writers, Wine and Nine. It's a HOT one :)