The other day I was having lunch with a friend and I started talking enthusiastically about my writing. Because I’m self-publishing and we’re boys, he teased me a little about the whole thing. Then the conversation got a little more serious and he asked me if I thought I had something a “real” publishing house would be interested in. My answer was “yes” and the obvious follow up was, “Then why aren’t you doing that?” I made my case and he totally understood where I was coming from, but I had a feeling he still thought I was selling myself short by self-publishing.
I love the indie community. There’s tons of awesome talent and support, plus it fits perfectly how I want to manage my career. It’s so good, it’s easy to forget there’s a whole world out there still not in on it. My friend is a good example of this. Even though ebooks are getting more respect, self-publishing still isn’t recognized as the small business it is. Change takes time and I don’t fault my friend or anyone else for their thinking. It’s up to us to PROVE OURSELVES because there’s no publishing house to offer that recognized validation.
And before this turns into an indie vs. trad thing, let me STRESS that I think no matter how you want to be a successful author, it’s hard. There are pros and cons to both sides.
Now getting back to my point . . .
Not many people go into business for themselves. There’s an uncertainty and instability to it that scares people. It’s a risk. It’s much easier to work for someone’s established business. When I go to work, I punch in, do my eight and I’m out. Done. Not the same with a small business. So when you talk about your indie dreams, be prepared for a certain degree of rejection from some people. This is the way the world works. Actors get typecast all the time and only get offered different roles when the prove they can do them.
If you’ve decided to self-publish then you’ve made the important first step of telling yourself you’re good enough. Now you just have to keep at it until you prove it to the rest of the world.
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