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A Year After Self Publishing

I have been writing and curating articles for self publishing for some time now and I feel I have truly learned and shared valuable lessons regarding this field. Today though, I came across an interesting article which I would like to share. It is a writer’s first-hand account on the lessons he learned a year after a year of publishing his book. I thought it would be nice to share it with you and maybe you can share some of yours too. :)

What I Learned a Year After Publishing My First Book

by Zachary Stockill

I can’t believe it’s already been one year.

A year ago I was sitting in front of my computer in Vancouver, Canada, putting the finishing touches on my first book, Overcoming Retroactive Jealousy: A Guide to Getting Over Your Partner’s Past and Finding Peace, and preparing it for publication. I had just created my first blog, and didn’t yet have much of an audience. After all, I was doing basically zero promotion, and I wasn’t sure how many others out there struggled with retroactive jealousy like I did.

(Note: “Retroactive jealousy” can be defined as frequent and severe jealous episodes concerning a partner’s past relationship, and sexual history. It’s pure hell, take my word for it.)

Eventually I decided to publish the book (very quietly, and using a pseudonym). I did it to chronicle my own experiences with crippling retroactive jealousy, and to show others how to overcome it like I had done. I was (and am) proud of it. However, given my tiny audience, at first I thought I might sell four or five copies a month.

How wrong I was.

Flash forward to today:

My website is the most visited website on the Internet concerning retroactive jealousy (visitors from over 110 countries to date!). I’ve sold almost a thousand copies of the guidebook (not bad for a self-published e-book). I’ve connected with hundreds of men and women all over the world who have sent me letters describing their experiences with retroactive jealousy, and my book. I take on a small, but growing number of coaching clients to help them overcome RJ. I have created a bestselling online course, and gathered an awesome community of RJ sufferers working together to get this thing beat.

On a more personal note, life has never been better. My website has enabled me to spend the last seven months traveling in South America, living in beautiful Medellin, Colombia, and doing what I love for a living. I share an awesome apartment with some awesome friends. The new book (details coming soon!) is about 50 percent done, and I think it might be the finest thing I’ve ever done. My readership is growing slowly but steadily; I think I might be able to make a go of it as a full-time writer and life coach.

Like I said: life is really, really good.

That is NOT to say, however, that I haven’t faced some real challenges.

For example, over the past year I’ve learned:

  • Communicating to your audience without sounding like a sleezy salesman is difficult. I do what I do because I honestly believe that my work helps people, and can change their lives. Communicating that effectively can sometimes be difficult. Sleezy online salesman make a ton of money because they make empty promises and people eat them up. I don’t do that, and therefore I don’t make as many sales as them.
  • Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s still kind of annoying. Since I published the guidebook, a couple of other “writers” have tried to copy it and cash in. Lame.
  • I need to become a more consistent writer. I wrote Overcoming Retroactive Jealousy in one big spurt, and it came out great. But I want to grow, and become a more consistent, clear and affecting writer. That takes consistent, constant practice.
  • Entrepreneurship involves taking a lot of risks. The first week of this month was my most profitable as a businessman and writer. The past week has been my least profitable, without a clear explanation in sight. Don’t become an entrepreneur if you’re not prepared to take on a lot of financial and emotional instability.

But I’ve learned a lot of really cool things, too. For example…

  • I have the power to help people in a big way. My book and video course have helped hundreds of people all over the world get past their partner’s past, move on from jealousy, and find peace. I can’t begin to tell you how satisfied that makes me feel.
  • I should have created a course and community much sooner. I’ve discovered that my course and community attracts dynamic, brave, inspired and inspiring human beings, and it’s exciting to learn from them, and grow together.
  • Life gets a LOT better when you live life on your own terms, and let go of the expectations of others. Seriously.
  • I really love the ukulele. Seriously. I’ve played guitar for years, but just picked up the uke a few months ago. I’ve barely put it down since.

I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

Aging is nothing if not the constant re-evaluation and reorganization of expectations. My expectations for the next year are fluid. I expect there to be many trials and tribulations, but hopefully also a few triumphs along the way.

However the next year of my life progresses, I am certain of one thing: I am doing exactly what I should be doing at this moment in my life, and all things will proceed exactly as they should.

The universe has a funny way of taking care of you if you let it.

Follow Zachary Stockill on Twitter: www.twitter.com/zfstockill

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zachary-stockill/what-i-learned-after-publishing_b_5001671.html

Filed under: Publishing Tips Tagged: ebook self publishing, face of self publishing, lessons on publishing

A Year After Self Publishing

I have been writing and curating articles for self publishing for some time now and I feel I have truly learned and shared valuable lessons regarding this field. Today though, I came across an interesting article which I would like to share. It is a writer’s first-hand account on the lessons he learned a year after a year of publishing his book. I thought it would be nice to share it with you and maybe you can share some of yours too. :)

What I Learned a Year After Publishing My First Book

by Zachary Stockill

I can’t believe it’s already been one year.

A year ago I was sitting in front of my computer in Vancouver, Canada, putting the finishing touches on my first book, Overcoming Retroactive Jealousy: A Guide to Getting Over Your Partner’s Past and Finding Peace, and preparing it for publication. I had just created my first blog, and didn’t yet have much of an audience. After all, I was doing basically zero promotion, and I wasn’t sure how many others out there struggled with retroactive jealousy like I did.

(Note: “Retroactive jealousy” can be defined as frequent and severe jealous episodes concerning a partner’s past relationship, and sexual history. It’s pure hell, take my word for it.)

Eventually I decided to publish the book (very quietly, and using a pseudonym). I did it to chronicle my own experiences with crippling retroactive jealousy, and to show others how to overcome it like I had done. I was (and am) proud of it. However, given my tiny audience, at first I thought I might sell four or five copies a month.

How wrong I was.

Flash forward to today:

My website is the most visited website on the Internet concerning retroactive jealousy (visitors from over 110 countries to date!). I’ve sold almost a thousand copies of the guidebook (not bad for a self-published e-book). I’ve connected with hundreds of men and women all over the world who have sent me letters describing their experiences with retroactive jealousy, and my book. I take on a small, but growing number of coaching clients to help them overcome RJ. I have created a bestselling online course, and gathered an awesome community of RJ sufferers working together to get this thing beat.

On a more personal note, life has never been better. My website has enabled me to spend the last seven months traveling in South America, living in beautiful Medellin, Colombia, and doing what I love for a living. I share an awesome apartment with some awesome friends. The new book (details coming soon!) is about 50 percent done, and I think it might be the finest thing I’ve ever done. My readership is growing slowly but steadily; I think I might be able to make a go of it as a full-time writer and life coach.

Like I said: life is really, really good.

That is NOT to say, however, that I haven’t faced some real challenges.

For example, over the past year I’ve learned:

  • Communicating to your audience without sounding like a sleezy salesman is difficult. I do what I do because I honestly believe that my work helps people, and can change their lives. Communicating that effectively can sometimes be difficult. Sleezy online salesman make a ton of money because they make empty promises and people eat them up. I don’t do that, and therefore I don’t make as many sales as them.
  • Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s still kind of annoying. Since I published the guidebook, a couple of other “writers” have tried to copy it and cash in. Lame.
  • I need to become a more consistent writer. I wrote Overcoming Retroactive Jealousy in one big spurt, and it came out great. But I want to grow, and become a more consistent, clear and affecting writer. That takes consistent, constant practice.
  • Entrepreneurship involves taking a lot of risks. The first week of this month was my most profitable as a businessman and writer. The past week has been my least profitable, without a clear explanation in sight. Don’t become an entrepreneur if you’re not prepared to take on a lot of financial and emotional instability.

But I’ve learned a lot of really cool things, too. For example…

  • I have the power to help people in a big way. My book and video course have helped hundreds of people all over the world get past their partner’s past, move on from jealousy, and find peace. I can’t begin to tell you how satisfied that makes me feel.
  • I should have created a course and community much sooner. I’ve discovered that my course and community attracts dynamic, brave, inspired and inspiring human beings, and it’s exciting to learn from them, and grow together.
  • Life gets a LOT better when you live life on your own terms, and let go of the expectations of others. Seriously.
  • I really love the ukulele. Seriously. I’ve played guitar for years, but just picked up the uke a few months ago. I’ve barely put it down since.

I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

Aging is nothing if not the constant re-evaluation and reorganization of expectations. My expectations for the next year are fluid. I expect there to be many trials and tribulations, but hopefully also a few triumphs along the way.

However the next year of my life progresses, I am certain of one thing: I am doing exactly what I should be doing at this moment in my life, and all things will proceed exactly as they should.

The universe has a funny way of taking care of you if you let it.

Follow Zachary Stockill on Twitter: www.twitter.com/zfstockill

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zachary-stockill/what-i-learned-after-publishing_b_5001671.html

Filed under: Publishing Tips Tagged: ebook self publishing, face of self publishing, lessons on publishing

Self-Publishing Self-Test: How To Determine If You’re A Good Candidate For Self-Publishing Your Book

“On first glance, self-publishing a book can seem like the best way to get a book into print. And sometimes, it is. But in the publishing industry, it’s always important to look before you leap. And so we’ve devised a series of questions that authors should ask themselves before taking the plunge into self-publishing.

Self-Publishing Your Book: Are You Ready?

Question 1: Do I believe my book is suitable for traditional, advance/royalty-paying publication?

If you’ve studied the market and assessed your competition (as opposed to just having a vague idea about it) and you believe that your book has a chance at finding a home with a traditional publisher, then you may want to hold off on self-publishing. Rule out the traditional route first. Keep reading to learn why.

Question 2: Have I made a good effort to get an agent/book deal?

Some writers will send six query letters to literary agents, then decide they’re hopeless. Others will send a dozen. At Writer’s Relief, we recommend authors try between 75 and 100 markets before reassessing their situation. (More than once, we’ve seen that 99th query letter get results.)

If your book has a chance at making the big leagues, we recommend you try that first, before exploring self-publishing. It can sometimes (but not always) be difficult to transition from self-publishing to traditional publishing.

Question 3: Do I have the right attitude to self-publish?  

If the idea of self-publishing your book is exciting to you, then proceed. You’ll need lots of good energy and motivation to give your self-published book the launch it needs.

If the thought of self-publishing leaves you feeling disappointed, you might want to do some soul-searching before you fork over your funds. Maybe an intense round of revision, networking with people in the biz (at conferences and other events), and an increased focus on craft might be a more joyful way of reaching your publishing goals. Every writer makes his/her own path toward a personal idea of success.

The trick is to follow your heart. If the idea of self-publishing sends a little tingle of optimism up your spine, it’s a good sign you’re heading in the right direction.”

More questions are available in this link: http://writersrelief.com/blog/2012/04/self-publishing-self-test/

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Self-Publishing Self-Test: How To Determine If You’re A Good Candidate For Self-Publishing Your Book

“On first glance, self-publishing a book can seem like the best way to get a book into print. And sometimes, it is. But in the publishing industry, it’s always important to look before you leap. And so we’ve devised a series of questions that authors should ask themselves before taking the plunge into self-publishing.

Self-Publishing Your Book: Are You Ready?

Question 1: Do I believe my book is suitable for traditional, advance/royalty-paying publication?

If you’ve studied the market and assessed your competition (as opposed to just having a vague idea about it) and you believe that your book has a chance at finding a home with a traditional publisher, then you may want to hold off on self-publishing. Rule out the traditional route first. Keep reading to learn why.

Question 2: Have I made a good effort to get an agent/book deal?

Some writers will send six query letters to literary agents, then decide they’re hopeless. Others will send a dozen. At Writer’s Relief, we recommend authors try between 75 and 100 markets before reassessing their situation. (More than once, we’ve seen that 99th query letter get results.)

If your book has a chance at making the big leagues, we recommend you try that first, before exploring self-publishing. It can sometimes (but not always) be difficult to transition from self-publishing to traditional publishing.

Question 3: Do I have the right attitude to self-publish?  

If the idea of self-publishing your book is exciting to you, then proceed. You’ll need lots of good energy and motivation to give your self-published book the launch it needs.

If the thought of self-publishing leaves you feeling disappointed, you might want to do some soul-searching before you fork over your funds. Maybe an intense round of revision, networking with people in the biz (at conferences and other events), and an increased focus on craft might be a more joyful way of reaching your publishing goals. Every writer makes his/her own path toward a personal idea of success.

The trick is to follow your heart. If the idea of self-publishing sends a little tingle of optimism up your spine, it’s a good sign you’re heading in the right direction.”

More questions are available in this link: http://writersrelief.com/blog/2012/04/self-publishing-self-test/

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Why You Want Fellow Authors to Succeed

selfpublishingadvocate:

Competition is by nature a red flag in any career. In writing though, you can turn this into a wonderful opportunity for brainstorming, networking and good old camaraderie. Want to know how? Read on…

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

Compliments

You want your fellow authors to be successful.

You even want books similar to yours to do well.

And it’s not just about creating good karma.

It makes good business sense, too.

Some would have you believe that the way to thrive in the competitive publishing business is to play the cutthroat game and slam the competition. Unfortunately, you can find stories of a few big authors and publishers slamming one another, not just recently, but even going way back. You can also find gossip about more underhanded activities.

But that’s just foolish.

And again, it’s not just because it’s not nice. Economically, it doesn’t make sense if you take a moment to look a few moves ahead.

Highly similar books usually sell together. Some customers buy them all at once. Some buy one today, another in a month, and another a few months from now.

Similar books help one…

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Why You Want Fellow Authors to Succeed

selfpublishingadvocate:

Competition is by nature a red flag in any career. In writing though, you can turn this into a wonderful opportunity for brainstorming, networking and good old camaraderie. Want to know how? Read on…

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

Compliments

You want your fellow authors to be successful.

You even want books similar to yours to do well.

And it’s not just about creating good karma.

It makes good business sense, too.

Some would have you believe that the way to thrive in the competitive publishing business is to play the cutthroat game and slam the competition. Unfortunately, you can find stories of a few big authors and publishers slamming one another, not just recently, but even going way back. You can also find gossip about more underhanded activities.

But that’s just foolish.

And again, it’s not just because it’s not nice. Economically, it doesn’t make sense if you take a moment to look a few moves ahead.

Highly similar books usually sell together. Some customers buy them all at once. Some buy one today, another in a month, and another a few months from now.

Similar books help one…

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The Vulnerable Author

selfpublishingadvocate:

Now here is a good pep talk. A really great way to boost and support your goal to publish your book. I will personally follow some nice advices on here…

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

Shattered

Introduction

Once you press that publish button, your book will be publicly visible. This allows the general public to discover and purchase your book, but it also makes you vulnerable.

What could happen?

  • You could spend years researching and producing a book, and in just a few seconds someone can write a few words in a review that sends you seething.
  • You could spend months doing even more work to market your book, only to find that some of your former social media friends no longer wish to speak with you.
  • You could be unfortunate enough to attract the attention of cyberbullies.
  • You could stick your foot in your mouth publicly in a few seconds, shattering months of hard work to brand your author image.
  • You could have a steady flow of sales going, and then suddenly the algorithm that was helping your book get discovered can

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The Vulnerable Author

selfpublishingadvocate:

Now here is a good pep talk. A really great way to boost and support your goal to publish your book. I will personally follow some nice advices on here…

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

Shattered

Introduction

Once you press that publish button, your book will be publicly visible. This allows the general public to discover and purchase your book, but it also makes you vulnerable.

What could happen?

  • You could spend years researching and producing a book, and in just a few seconds someone can write a few words in a review that sends you seething.
  • You could spend months doing even more work to market your book, only to find that some of your former social media friends no longer wish to speak with you.
  • You could be unfortunate enough to attract the attention of cyberbullies.
  • You could stick your foot in your mouth publicly in a few seconds, shattering months of hard work to brand your author image.
  • You could have a steady flow of sales going, and then suddenly the algorithm that was helping your book get discovered can

View original 1,352 more words

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