Honest Thoughts on Self Publishing

I’m sure by now you’ve noticed I self published my first book; Etta!

ETTA!

I figured I’d do a little blog post just to talk about the experience and the reaction I got from it. I’m sure people are wondering how well it’s done and if I’ve made any money (I don’t think it’s rude to ask, don’t worry!).

To say it’s been difficult is an understatement. If you write, whether you’ve released it to the world or not, you’ll know the hardest part is letting other people read it. It’s actually a horrible experience. I’ve only ever had a few people read my writing and so self publishing is a little nail-biting. That being said I think it’s prepared me. I no longer fear what people think when I tell them I write (again, if you write you know all about the mundane questions/conversations you get about it…) and I no longer fear the voice of the opinionated. I am glad I did it.

I’m a little annoyed at my editing software for duplicating some things in the final edit [I only have Word Online which isn’t brilliant] so I’m still due to re-do some parts of Etta! and re-upload to Amazon but all in all I’m really happy with how it turned out.

So; how did it perform? Not great. I don’t have a huge platform. My reach on the internet is about 500 people (that’s a total of all my social media outlets) and so sales haven’t been big. It’s funny because you can see how many ‘units’ you sell and, I don’t know if this is true for other self publishers out there but, you can tell how many people lied about going to buy it. To date I’ve made about £25 so I’ve sold around 16 books… I’m sorry if this isn’t accurate. I don’t have the right attitude to do the maths (aka I’m lazy). It’s OK because I made money on something I did. That, to me, is a win. I was never going to be swimming in a room of money like Scrooge McDuck. Any money is good money. What I’ll have to say is a little disappointing is the response, or lack thereof, from the people who read it. I’ve had great feedback from a few people, which I really appreciate, but there must be people out there who have read it and not told me what they think which is… annoying.  This isn’t because I think they owe me and I don’t expect everyone to go and leave glowing reviews AT ALL! This is more just the fact that when you put art (yes, I class writing as art) out into the world you want to know people’s thoughts. You want to know they enjoyed it. Writing it down it sounds really whiny and ungrateful but it’s just my honest brain-workings.

All this being said and out there I’m now working on the 2nd book in the series and will start writing it tomorrow. I don’t know about release dates yet but it will be in the next few months and I’m excited. I just like writing stories, guys, and at the end of the day the money and feedback are just blips in the background of my overactive mind.

I’m sorry if you read this and think I’m being a brat.

Sam

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2 thoughts on “Honest Thoughts on Self Publishing

  1. You are completely entitled to feel this way. You wrote a thing, you put it out into the world…and that is a lot more than most writers ever get. Of course you want feedback. You want to know if what you tried in chapter 7 worked, or that thing in chapter 11 had the impact you were hoping for. Any writer who doesn’t have these feelings/ thoughts is lying straight out.

    We all know making it as a writer is not going to be easy, and you are right about one thing, you don’t have the platform— but somehow the reality of this sinks in it’s always a little shocking. Because we have to be so optimistic about doing what we do. We need it to keep going if we are anywhere near serious about making writing our full time career.

    I am very proud that you did this and I can’t wait for part two. I can’t wait for all the stories you have yet to tell.

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