Adventures in Self-Publishing Part Ten: The Wrap-Up

So what have we learned?

It’s hard for first-time authors to get published these days, unless you’re already well-known and/or well-connected. For someone like me coming out of the blue with Raincloud, mere talent wasn’t enough to attract a publishing deal. And in retrospect, I can understand why – I was unproven.

That was exactly one year ago. Since then I’ve come pretty far, appearing at book festivals and fairs, organizing an in-store book tour, holding live readings, interviewing for radio, podcasts, and blogs, receiving great reviews, becoming somewhat connected and, most importantly, garnering a bunch of readers.

Self-publishing shouldn’t be a seen as a vain attempt to publish sub-standard material (although there is a plethora of sub-standard material out there). It should be considered an important part of the evolving publishing industry that allows unknown talent to flourish and keep their affairs on their own terms. Once we get over the stigma that the industry has put on it, our culture will indeed be much richer.

Thanks for sticking the series out with me. I’m going to be starting a new one soon spotlighting guest authors, so keep an eye out for that as well regular updates on my own activities. If you’re an author and would like to be featured in this space, drop me a line a

Literally yours,


Me and RaincloudRichard S. Todd is the author of the critically-praised Raincloud: A Novel and holds talks on the self-publishing experience. He spends his time blogging and working on his next novel, The Orphans of the Creek.

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2 thoughts on “Adventures in Self-Publishing Part Ten: The Wrap-Up”

  1. This looks like a really interesting blog. I’m seriously considering self publishing. Like you, I feel that talented writers should have an opportunity to get their writing noticed.

  2. Thanks for your comment. Yes, self-publishing is becoming a viable way for novelists to get their work out there. The problem is that self (or POD) publishing is still stigmatized as vanity projects for less-than-talented scribes. Attuitudes are beginning to change though, as the whole publishing industry evolves.

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