I’m now a self-published author. Yahoo. I can’t believe how simple the process turned out to be. Certainly, I have stressed and researched and attended workshops. But in the end, I probably didn’t need to do very much at all. The online information available to assist was spot on. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B2J83RCQ
Of course, now the difficult part begins. Marketing.
While the epidemic and my own wavering interest in continuing to write took their toll during the last couple of years, I’m back on track. I’m excited. It’s a great feeling to get up in the morning and want to head to my office. I love that I have a plan for each day again. My little lists of “to-do’s” today are getting struck off every few hours. Being back in the writing groove is great and I owe it to becoming a self-published author.
Now I have discovered how simple self-publishing is, I have two other traditionally published stories to which I now retain the rights. I will be self-publishing them in the coming months as a series, along with a prequel. The question beyond then is up in the air. Will I ask for the rights back for all of my books from The Wild Rose Press? They continue to be an amazing publishing house to work with, and I am keen to continue my association with them. They currently have one submission of mine that they are considering for publication. Once cruise liners are back in vogue – the setting for another story – I will be submitting it to them, too, for consideration.
But while it appears our stories now remain available forever, as they age, they definitely lose traction. My traditionally published books are now old and rarely attract attention. Perhaps my new release will draw some readers to these stories, but then again, perhaps it won’t. https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Ashby/e/B004IAD0BY%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
However, with regard to older stories, the advice appears to be to re-publish. Change to new covers and descriptions and even revamp the story. Then hit the button and bring them to life again via self-publishing. I have to give this some considerable thought, I guess.