Everyone was publishing an eBook.
Manifestos. How to Manuals. Encouragement. Mini-Memoirs. Individual Studies. Every time I turned around, a new one was being released.
I figured if they were doing it, why not? I wrote a thing about beauty pursuing you in the midst of grief and pain. I got a friend to make me a really pretty cover. I exported the file to PDF, uploaded it to Amazon, and waited.
It was 2011, and I had no idea what the hell I was doing publishing a book by myself.
Fast forward a few months and I'm knee deep in editing and learning what it means to have a working relationship with a publisher that isn't necessarily....well, working. Come Alive is released without any fanfare, people are receiving my paperback without me even knowing it's available, and the control has completely left my side of the equation.
I didn't like it. Mostly because I didn't get paid.
All of the work — all of the blood, sweat, tears, and doubt — I had nothing to show for it except a bruised ego and a book taken off the shelves.
But fate has a way of turning things around, and after a conversation with a friend who believed in my book and knew a thing or two about indie publishing for fiction, I jumped heart first into learning everything I needed to know to get this story out into the world.
I've published two books since then, four books total if you count my eBook and short story collection (those are both off of Amazon, thankyouverymuch).
I think back to everything I've learned — the formatting, the wait time, the calendars, the writing tips, the crash course of running a publishing business out of your living room or office. It can be overwhelming.
But that doesn't mean your story doesn't need to be told.
You can get that story out. I promise. Over the next 31 days, I'll show you how.
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What would happen if I told you that you have everything you need to get that story burning in your bones out into the world? Would you do it?
I hope you will.
Here's to 31 days of finding out how.
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