After many years, four to be exact, I’m both relieved and tremendously excited for the finished product to be released in five days. Happy Ever After? will be out on Friday the 13th October.
Many may not know but, I was offered a publishing contract although made the conscious decision to decline and self-publish. Whilst the journey as a first-time author has been both testing and very confusing I’m happy that the end is near and even happier that I chose to walk the path solo. The book is a product of my own choices; this simply wouldn’t have been the case if I had have taken the traditional route. The editor, the cover, the typeset and marketing these have all been my own choices, I’ve had total control. When one embarks on a journey of writing, which can be lonely; one also should have control over the finished product that is released into the world. From the moment I received a publishing offer, I felt that control was taken away. Not only was I selling the rights to my work but I was selling the control too, all for a rather modest sum considering the hours of blood, tears and determination which went into writing it. The control aspect hit me like a lead balloon from the onset, the publishers had (without my consent) changed the title of the book on the offer.
Whilst self-publishing does still hold a stigma to a degree, I personally feel that all first-time authors should follow this path for their first book. So much is learned when you have to take that journey alone without guidance. When there is no one there to hold your hand whilst looking for help. It’s far more beneficial to know not just how to write but, how to write, produce and market your own work. That in itself is power! To be an independent author who is both able and capable of writing what they want when they want. The hard work and the writing are down to the author but, ultimately the success of the book is down to the universe upon release.
I salute all other fellow indie authors.
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