Learning to self-publish my stories has been my intent for a couple of years now. But with Covid and lockdowns and a general slump in my interest in anything writing, my research has been very spasmodic. But I now have a resurgence of interest and determination. If the three books I regained my rights to are ever going to see the light of day again, learning to self-publish, and understand all that involves, is essential.
For a procrastinator like myself, motivation is the key. So I engaged a local graphic designer to prepare a cover as the first step into this unknown world. I understand how important covers are to attract readers and I wasn’t about to scrimp on the cost. Now I am committed.
I’d been using the Internet to learn about self-publishing. David Gaughran‘s book helped. I’d absorbed numerous Spa Girls podcasts on the subject. But there are still questions I have about the process. I was still very nervous. But fortunately, I have a writer friend willing to advise me. I was rubbing my hands together. I’m going to finally self-publish my stories.
Timing is everything sometimes. Around this time I spied an online workshop. You guessed it. For self-publishing. And run by a kiwi writer, one of our Spa Girls, Trudi Jaye. I signed up so quickly. As I write this we are halfway through the workshop. Already many of my outstanding queries have been covered. In a couple more weeks I believe my aim of learning to self-publish will have been achieved. And far less painfully than I expected.
I’m not there yet. I know I have a little way to go. But I do see light on the horizon and it excites me. After years of traditional publishing, I’m about to try something different. Whether it will be a success or not? Only time will tell.