Adventures in Self-Publishing Part One – an Introduction

Have you ever seen a movie where a first-time author nails a big publishing contract and is sent around the world on a whirlwind book tour, staying at five-star hotels in exotic locations and given the star treatment at every turn? It kind of makes you want to be an author, doesn’t it?

Needless to say the reality comes a little short of that, as evidenced by the mountains of rejection letters thousands of authors receive every year. And with the world economy evolving as it is, publishing houses are investing less in new talent and more in employee severance pay. So in the face of the astronomical odds facing them, how does the next would-be Stephenie Meyer or Dan Patterson get their novels off their hard drives and into the hands of prospective readers?

One way is to self-publish.

For years self-published authors carried the stigma that they were forced down this path because no traditional publisher considered them worthy of their time and resources. But nowadays many authors are finding self-driven success without the major publishing houses. And considering that both independent filmmakers and musicians have found niche followings and enjoy the resultant monetary success, it’s only logical that indie authors be the next wave of artists bucking tradition and going out on their own. 

Over the next several weeks I’ll be posting a 10-part blog series chronicling my own experiences in self-publishing. We’ll discuss the whole journey, including the pros and cons to self-publishing, which products to buy and which to avoid, the breezes and bumps, getting your finished masterpiece into the marketplace, and if I would do it again.

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Next: Part 2 – The 3 R’s of Becoming an Author: Readin’, Ritin’, and Rejection.

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Live Reading of ‘Raincloud’ by Richard S. Todd

Be sure to catch my first reading of 2009 at the Bradford Public Library on February 17. I will be reading excerpts of Raincloud as well as taking any questions from aspiring writers.

Hope to see you there!