It Takes a Village

by G.K. Moore

A few months ago, I wrote a post on my blog about how I came to the decision of self-publishing instead of going the traditional route. You can read that crazy story here. I have to admit that when I wrote that post I had no real idea of what I was getting into.

I’ve always been a writer, because I’ve always written. But about a year ago, I started toying with the idea of actually publishing one of my stories. I wanted to become an author. So I did the logical thing… I googled. As of today, “how to publish a novel” gets over 22 million hits, “how to publish a book” over 80 million. Obviously, there are tons of people out there who either have the same question or have an answer for it.

I probably browsed through a few hundred of the pages listed—I’m not kidding, after a few hours I felt like my eyes were bleeding. Every person with a blog and their dog had an opinion, and by the end of my little research spree, I was convinced that publishing a book was nothing short of miraculous. It seemed so absolutely overwhelming and scary, that I started doubting my sanity. Did I really want to publish a novel? Despite it all, the answer was a resounding yes. My next logical question was, how am I going to do this? 

Self-publishing is something that appealed to me from the beginning. I loved the idea of being in control of all aspects of the creative and publishing process. What I didn’t know, is that my one-woman team would need a few other members. It turns out that self-publishing is a misnomer, and  it doesn’t really mean doing it all yourself. There’s more to it than just pressing that tempting little publish button. Because I am a firm believer of learning by doing, I stopped torturing myself with the 22 million google hits, and made a plan of my own. I discovered that I needed help. I needed an alpha reader, beta readers, a designer, editors… I needed, and still need, a lot of help from a lot of people.

It’s been about a year since I came up with this crazy idea, and I’ve learned that publishing a book takes a village, whether you go the indie or the traditional route. And even more importantly, I’ve learned that there is a community of indie authors out there that will support and help any newbies in the self-publishing game. So, my fellow indies, get out there in the social media world, meet other authors, talk to them and support their work, worst case scenario, you make a new friend and read a few new stories. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it? In fact, I’d say that’s a pretty sweet deal. On that note, I bid you adieu and urge you to check out all the other wonderful writers taking part in this blog. Drop us a line if you like what we write.

One comment on “It Takes a Village

  1. I’ve published one book through traditional means, but this time, I’m doing it myself. I’ve written one of a series of 4, and all I can say is it DOES take a lot of people. I have a beta reader, another author friend who does fab line edits, I’ve hired a cover designer and prob will hire a professional editor as well.

    Then there is promoting. I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but I have ideas.

    An avid reader myself, I’ve found indie writers I love, and some I don’t. The most obvious one I found before she made it big, was Jamie McGuire.

    Here’s for doing it our way!

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