Since my celebration of Christmas and New Year’s is a reflection on the past year and setting goals for a new year, I thought I’d apply it to how to self publish a book, and spin out some self publishing advice to myself – and everyone!
If I could ghost back to each year’s Christmas Eve in the past, what would I tell myself about self publishing a book?
First of all, I’d make more of an effort not to scare the wiggles out of myself by popping up unannounced than ghosts of Christmas past usually do.
Then I’d congratulate my poor wigged-out self on having a book out there in the world, rather than unfinished in a drawer.
I would tell myself that
- self publishing a book will not make me rich in cash (yet!) but that more self published authors are getting rich every year
- the skills that I will learn along the way are valued in the working world and will give me options
- the amazing coolness of having a person email me to say that they enjoyed my book is amazingly cool – and might be worth it all right there
- I will spend more time working on the self publishing business and marketing than I will in writing, hmm.. eh?
- self publishing a book feels better than submitting a book for traditional publishing, but I should continue to do both to make all things possible
- I must keep writing, even if I am writing about self publishing
- I’m still learning by doing and learning things the hard way, and all of our future selves have agreed to just accept that as our personal motto
And then I would break all time-travel and ghost-past laws by sneaking myself a copy of my soon to be ready series on How To Self Publish A Book, which includes things like How To Set Up A Small Business and How To Design A Book and How To Market A Book, and more… because by having that book in hand, which I’ve written based on all the things I’ve had to do to learn how to self publish, then I will rocket forward in life.
Actually, if I’m going to break the time travel rules, I might go big and give myself a list of stocks to buy, flight dates to avoid, and a headsup on not choosing the IMAX 3D theater option for any of the Avenger movies.
Merry Christmas Everyone!