Tuesday, December 10, 2013
My First Indie Life Post!
I signed up for Indie Life last month! I'm so excited to share some of my journey and hopefully motivate and inspire others while they are on their journeys. If you want to sign up for Indie Life, go here and add your name to the linky list!
I was sort of worried about this post. I wasn't sure what to write about, but after a talk with my BFF and some roadblocks on my journey (not ones I haven't been able to drive around), I decided to talk about following your heart.
Yeah, sounds cheesy, huh? But the most important thing you can do when you are self publishing is follow your instincts, or at least, that's been my experience.
So far, I've had lots and lots of opinions on what I should do--people have input about the book itself, the cover, how to edit, how to market. It is all so overwhelming. You can get lost in other peoples opinions and forget the way you actually feel about all of those aspects of your book and publishing process.
What I have to do--and what you must do as well--is figure out how YOU feel about all of those aspects of publishing because YOUR opinion is all that matters when it's your book.
You might think that sounds a little selfish. But I think that's okay. After all, you wrote the book. You want what you feel is best, not what other people say is best. When I get lost in other people's opinions, I turn to my BFF and she says, "It's your book, you wrote it. You need to ask yourself 'is this what I want?' She said the same thing about editing, about my cover, and marketing.
We can get so overwhelmed by what other say we SHOULD be doing, and neglect what we WANT. So, incase you're feeling overwhelmed (like I have been), stop and think: What do I feel is right? You will never be wrong!
Talk to me about what you've felt overwhelmed about during your publishing process. What did you do to get through that time?