5 self-publishing truths few authors talk about

This reblog is certainly not the most encouraging piece I’ve read on writing and publishing. Ultimately, I think it depends on how you look at your writing career, whether you see the glass as half full or half empty. There is definitely a place for realistic expectations. Even though my memoir is not scheduled to be published until spring 2016, I’m glad that Dylan shared this dose of reality before I stepped off the curb. What do you think?

Suffolk Scribblings


One of the hardest thing to watch on social media is an author, usually a debut author, getting excited about their upcoming book launch and knowing they are about to get hit around the head with a hard dose of reality.

They’ve done the right things, built up a twitter or Facebook following, blogged about the book, sent copies out for review, told all their friends about the upcoming launch, pulled together a promo video and graphic, maybe taken out some adverts. The first few days after launch are filled with excited tweets, mentions of early positive reviews and chart rankings. Then, after a few days, maybe a few weeks, the positive tweets stop and an air of desperation sets in as the reality of life as an indie author hits home.

Part of the problem is that the authors most vocal on social media are those that have already seen self-publishing…

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  1. Well written and clearly stated; still this is one half of the writing life. The other half is that writing as an activity, as a group involvement, as a place to go fulfills something writers find no where else. Imagination and soul come into being. And this becomes the reward, ought to be the reward along with whatever numbers and sales take place. The need for patrons for the artist has been with us for as long as history. What I like most is how grounded and realistic your article is. However is there room for a ten year plan? I believe having eyes set on ten years of promo brings a value over those books remaindered after two years. Maybe this is rose coloured glasses, but I think a ten year plan may work…I’ll let you know in nine and a half!

    1. I like the idea of a ten-year plan.This seems to be more realistic for writers who plan a career in writing and not just to make a quick buck. Like any business, it takes time to grow. I certainly would like to make a few dollars writing, but what I really want is the satisfaction of knowing that sharing my story made a difference in someone’s life. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment.

  2. Kayla_Fame

    Wow, that gives me something to think about. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. It gives us all something to think about. If possible try to think long-term. As Dylan pointed out, just because we didn’t sell a million copies in the first six months doesn’t mean we’re failures. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment.

  3. Arlee Bird

    That’s not what I wanted to hear, but since it’s true it’s what aspiring authors need to hear. No point in pursuing illusions that don’t guarantee anything.

    It’s a good post worth thinking about.

    Tossing It Out

    1. Arlee, That was my first reaction too. I didn’t want to believe that, but the more I thought about it, I was glad I was forewarned before I published so that I could go in with a more realistic outlook. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Cat

    Great article, Lynette

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