How to Spend the Rest of Your Life Working Your Ass Off – OR – The Reality of Self-Publishing

Yesterday, I read an article an author friend of mine posted on Facebook. The article was from 2013 and was written by an author who was once traditionally published, and when faced with his next manuscript being rejected by many traditional publishers, decided to turn to self-publishing. What he found was what many of us indies face every day. Big news outlets who once reviewed his prior works wouldn’t give him the time of day on his indie title.

You can read the original article here. For the purposes of this post, I will paraphrase the basic message of his article with this image:


Dont get me wrong, I feel for the guy, but, I also think it’s about time for a lesson on the realities of self-publishing. The odds of him ever seeing this are pretty much nil, but I thought this might be a good time to bring some things up for new authors and authors who have their heads filled with delusions of overnight success falling in their lap with no work involved.

Self-publishing, or being an indie author, is a LOT of work. If it isn’t, you’re one of the very rare, very lucky ones who will probably one day start shitting gold bricks. Congrats to you. For the rest of us mere mortals, making our books a success is not nearly as easy as clicking ‘publish’ and watching our sales rank soar.

Let’s start from the very beginning, yeah? I know everyone has a different life and a different situation, so I cant speak for every indie out there. What I will do is give you a glimpse into my life and what I go through to hit the publish button.


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