So You Want To Be A Published Author
“Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” David Frost
What is the first thing you should know about independent publishing?
It’s hard work.
For every hour you spend writing, you will spend four in production, publication, and marketing of your book. If you are committed to delivering a quality product to your readers, you may spend more. Then you will turn around and do it again and again and again.
If you are curious about this process and want to use our blog to go through the steps to see if this is a viable alternative for your work, the steps will be put forth here for you.
If you are fairly certain you want to turn your career away from the traditional publishing route and pursue the tremendous rewards of having control over the who, what, where and how your writing gets in the hands of your readers, this series will show you the way.
If you have struggled for years to get published and are ready to take the risks yourself to succeed, by all means, let us help you.
If you greatest goal is producing work that is in the public domain (meaning you don’t own the rights), this series can give you the publishing knowledge, but little else.
But if you think you have the next brilliant idea, hire a ghostwriter to produce your book, and expect this to be fast “get rich quick” scheme, this procedure is not for you. Will it help you produce a book? Yes. Will it help make that book a success? No.
We are professional writers. Patti has been writing for almost twenty-five years and has published a dozen romance novels. She was the owner/moderator of an online critique group for six years, taught synopsis writing, along with currently being a food blogger and freelance writer. Tiffany has been freelance writing for more than ten years and claims many well-known Fortune 500 companies as her clients. She also fiction writes under the name Anne M. Carpenter. Together, we have published popular cookbooks, blogged on writing, self-publishing and life in general, and have marketed our way to a thorough understanding of what it takes to make a successful independent writing life.
We’ve written for a livable income. We’ve written for pennies and for free.
We’ve read thousands of words written on the subject of independent publishing and writing and are avid fiction readers.
We move in social media circles you probably haven’t even heard of. Yet.
We’ve published almost four dozen books in three years through our digital publishing company using the knowledge we will present to you.
It is hard work.
And the most satisfying work we've ever done.
We’re not saying you have to commit to only independent publishing long term to utilize the full benefits of this instruction. On the contrary, every writer should take full advantage of every opportunity and realize his/her own dreams. But we are proof that success is a mere breath away if you are willing to work hard and commit to giving your client – the reader – the best of what you can do. Write compelling words.
But go into this with your eyes wide-open. You will most likely not be that one in a million writer that makes it big on one book. You most likely won’t be that one in a million writer that becomes a household name. But if you keep your eyes focused on pleasing your reader, the money will come. The success will come. The satisfaction will come.