My co-writer found this and described it as ‘depressing’. I agree that there are some hard truths in this article, but I knew all these things before I decided to take the self-publishing route. I also stay positive… and do you know why?
Because it’s business. There are lots of businesses (shops/restaurants/services) trying to start up, and a lot of them fail. To me, that’s not a good enough reason not to try.
One of the hardest thing to watch on social media is an author, usually a debut author, getting excited about their upcoming book launch and knowing they are about to get hit around the head with a hard dose of reality.
They’ve done the right things, built up a twitter or Facebook following, blogged about the book, sent copies out for review, told all their friends about the upcoming launch, pulled together a promo video and graphic, maybe taken out some adverts. The first few days after launch are filled with excited tweets, mentions of early positive reviews and chart rankings. Then, after a few days, maybe a few weeks, the positive tweets stop and an air of desperation sets in as the reality of life as an indie author hits home.
Part of the problem is that the authors most vocal on social media are those that have already seen self-publishing…
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