Writing

Where I Am On My Writing Journey

When it comes to writing, I feel like I hold myself back. At least I’m not letting others hold me back too much.

I think my problem isn’t so much that I’m terrified of trying. But rather I try and give up. I’ll attempt to write a story only to abandon it halfway through.

I know I don’t have to stress about my writing career so soon. After all, I’m still in school, and I will be until 2019. But thinking about graduation freaks me out. What am I going to do after university? Where will I work?

I’m borderline unemployable, so I hope writing works out. Ultimately, I want to write full-time, all the time.

Imagine eighty year old me sitting in a rocking chair by the fireplace and squinting at a screen. I kid you not, I already have the eyes of a sixty-year-old. That happens when you don’t win the genetic lottery.

Because I’m lazy, I haven’t done a ton of research up until this point. I’m still trying to improve my writing. First, I need to finish my novels. Once I do then I’ll figure out my next move.

I’ve always dreamed of being traditionally published. I’m kind of on the fence right now in terms of which route to take. I’m not sure what to pursue anymore.

Honestly, I wouldn’t mind self publishing. I won’t shy away from the work. I’d welcome the challenge with open arms.

There’s a part of me that wants to try the traditional path though. If I fail, I can self publish. And if I fail to publish anything, please shout at me. Talk some sense into my thick head.

There’s so much to think about and work through. Like I’m so fond of saying, I’ll take life word by word, day by day. Maybe down the road, I can look back and laugh at my past self.

Publishing

Self Publishing Advantages

A publishing post listing six advantages to self-publishing as opposed to traditional publishing.

Self Publishing

SELF-PUBLISHING

  • You don’t have to wait as long. Self publishing is much faster than waiting on traditional publishers. You make your work top priority. Best part is you choose when you publish, how quickly you want to publish, or if you want to publish at all. 
  • You have complete control over all the aspects pertaining to your book like editing, designing, marketing, graphics, etc. All writers love control. All narcissistic writers crave this sense of power. Do what you want. Don’t like it? Scrap it and start over. With a traditional publishing house, you usually don’t have this freedom to begin with.
  • You can charge whatever you want. One penny? One dollar? Ten dollars? THIRTY dollars?!?! However, be careful that you are reasonable when adjusting the price of your book. The last thing you need is to turn potential readers away because your book is more expensive than purchasing a brand new laptop.
  • You can do whatever you want with your books. Throw them away. Sit on them. More reasonably you could sell them or give them away (for free?) Gasp!
  • You retain all (or most of the rights) to your work. Yippee!
  • Your work remains in the digital world forever. Or until the day the Internet fades into oblivion. We all know that will never happen.