No, Self-Publishing Virgin is not the title of my next book (Haha…wait… that is a great idea! NO! Focus, Erin!)
*slaps self silly*
Okay… I’m ready to be a serious, professional member of the blogiverse… *crickets chirping*
OKAY! You caught me… I am neither serious nor professional, but I am a Self-Publishing Virgin. I began my self-publishing journey in January 2018, however, I had been posting several books on Wattpad. (check me out: https://www.wattpad.com/user/erinsnihur94) I joined Wattpad in 2013, but didn’t have the courage to actually post anything until last year. Then it happened. I began researching self-publishing after noticing a fellow Wattpader’s success story with Amazon. I admit it, I was jealous. Then came the fever! I became obsessed with learning everything and anything about self-publishing.
Since then, I have self-published three novellas (between 5k to 10k words) and let me tell you… they suck. They were my test books as a way to get my feel for how the whole self-publishing process works. It was hard work for only a small success. Can you imagine what other self-publishers who are widely more successful must go through?
Let me reiterate that I am by no means a pro when it comes to self-publishing as stated in the title of this post, but I do believe I’ve learned a lot since last year. Amazon is…. amazoning! It has all the tools that you need to create a fantastic self-published book. Do I think there is room for improvement? Hell to the yes!
I work full-time for a lawyer and let me tell you, there is not enough time in the run of a day to write when you work full-time, have a dog and basically live. My family thinks I’m crazy. So let me break down a typical day in the life of Erin for you, so you too can think I’m crazy:
Monday to Friday:
Wake up at 6:30 a.m. – let my dog outside for a potty break, feed dog, play/exercise dog until second alarm goes off.
From 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. I am literally showering, blow-drying my hot mess of hair and running up my stairs to the kitchen to scramble to make lunch.
From 8:15 a.m. I am stuck in traffic and slowly making my way to my parking lot in the bustling city. I usually jam out to some tunes to brighten my mornings!
From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I work, hard! (Yes, I do sneak some writing time here and there during breaks/lunch and during those slow days where I want to peel my face off.
From 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. I am racing back home to feed the dog, eat something (probably unhealthy) and walk the dog for an hour (hard, as he is very energetic, but I love him!)
Home by 7:30 p.m. from our walk and on my computer writing like the devil is chasing me until 10:30 p.m.
I usually pass out around 10:30 p.m. (I get grouchy if I don’t get my beauty sleep)
WHERE DO WE FIND THE TIME TO NOT ONLY WRITE THE DAMN BOOK, BUT ACT AS THE PUBLISHER, EDITOR, COVER DESIGNER AND FORMATTER??
The answer is… we don’t.
Self-Publishers, true, committed self-publishers, just make it happen. They sacrifice a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make themselves truly successful. I hope one day, I can look back on this time as being a Self-Publishing Virgin and laugh (and maybe drink).
Thank you for taking a glance at my first blog post. Don’t forget to tip your waiters/waitresses, pat a dog, smell the flowers and just enjoy life while we have it.