It’s been three weeks since I self-published Twenty-Five, and I have to say, I am so happy I did it. Before taking this leap, I really wasn’t sure about self-publishing. I’d read articles saying that the stigma had been lifted and more books were being published by the individual authors than by publishing houses now, but it was still a big risk for me. What if I pressed the “upload” button and then never sold a single copy? What if I did sell copies, but then got bad reviews? I struggle with rejection issues, so this was one of my biggest fears. I didn’t want to fail at this, at writing.
My book is my proudest accomplishment. But, it still is strange for me when people I know read it. Again, that fear of rejection. What if they don’t like it? Will that somehow mean they don’t like me anymore? It’s so silly to be so proud of something and hold it to your chest without giving anyone else the chance to see how awesome it is.
So, I did it. I took the chance and I created the e-book and the paperback. And you know what? People like it. I’ve actually sold copies! Sure, a lot of the copies I sold were to family and friends, but then again, a lot weren’t. It’s only been three weeks, and I haven’t had thousands of downloads, but my book is in the hands of hundreds of people. Hundreds. I don’t know if I ever expected that. I haven’t made much money because the majority of those hundred were free downloads, but money isn’t the point. The point is, I wrote a book and now people can read it.
And I can’t even tell you how awesome that is.
I can tell you, though, that it really makes me want to get another book out there for them to read! I’m working on that.
The past couple of days have been amazing. When I started this blog four years ago, I said I wanted to chronicle my life as I tried to become a real writer. I thought at that time that to be a “real writer” I would have to be published by a big, traditional publishing house. I’d have to have my book in bookstores and do book signings and interviews on late night tv.
I could not have been more wrong.
When my book went live on the Kindle Store, I felt like a REAL Writer. A REAL Author. Because I am. Yes, I published myself. But that doesn’t change all of the hard work that went into writing and editing Twenty-Five. People have actually bought my book! Okay, so one was my mom and one was my best friend, but 8 other people who may or may not know me actually paid the $2.99 to purchase it! And over 100 people in the Unites States and over 100 people in the United Kingdom downloaded it for free on July 3rd. Hey, even a couple people in Germany and France downloaded it for free.
That means over 200 people have my book available to them at this exact moment in time. Some of those people will actually read it. And isn’t that what really matters to all writers? That someone out there is reading what they wrote?
I read a lot – I average a book a day, but sometimes there are books that I immediately want to read again. This was one of them!
The characters seemed real, their actions made sense, and it was well written. Plus, the story was not one I had read many times before – great points of view and very believable from both characters. The biggest point I can make is that I cried. That’s how I know I really like the story. And I highly recommend this book!
Now I’m bracing myself for the first bad review, but hey, doesn’t that just validate my writer status, too?