Self Publishing My Book

Self Publishing Just Start WritingSo I made a decision to write a book.  It was one of the most exhilarating tasks I’d ever embarked upon.  I didn’t think I would get it done and procrastinated on it for a while.  It really was like birthing a baby.  I named all of my characters meaningful names (well at least meaningful to me) created scenes, listened to podcasts and went to work.

What do you mean listened to some podcasts?

Inspiration and community.  I needed some inspiration so I could figure out all of the logistics of writing one story, never mind the few I had stuck in my head. So I started listening to a few writing podcasts and finally fell into one that talked about writing in a conversational tone, making their marketing and writing concepts easy to follow and most importantly–not boring.  It is riddled with curse words and pre-pubescent humor (although they’re grown men) but it helps because I don’t feel like driving my car off of a road while listening.

This resource is the Self Publishing Podcast.

Johnny, Sean and Dave made me laugh and made learning about the process of writing interesting.  Did I sometimes wish they would just give me the information?  Yes,  but I ultimately went on to learn more and they made a subject that may not have seemed that interesting initially more than compelling by the time the episodes were over.  I figured out the projects I want to work on and how I want to go about them.  Self publishing seemed like the optimal opportunity for me to get my words out to an audience that would be interested in hearing them. They weren’t the only resource, I read Chapter after Chapter by Heather Sellers a few years ago but it didn’t "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing," - Benjamin Franklinreally make me take action.  Listening to the Self Publishing Podcast didn’t make me take action either.  It wasn’t until I read a post by one of the three guys from the Podcast that said, just start writing.

Just start writing

That was the big advice I’d been waiting on, the one thing that triggered my brain into acting.  Three words.  And I wrote, and wrote and shared the story with a few people so they could give me honest feedback on what I was writing.  I have come to learn that they are called, Alpha Readers.  They loved some of my characters and hated some and I’m super excited for the release date for the serial that I’ve written.  It was something my alpha readers enjoyed so much that I’d contact them for something else and they would ask me if I’d finished the next scene or how long it would be until they could get their hands on the next chapter.  It motivated me and made me write quicker because I had readers, people who wanted to read what I’d written.  It was exhilarating.

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I finished episode one.

Do you know how exciting it is to finish a book?  I felt like the world had changed, I did it!  

So this post is really just to let you know that self- publishing was a goal for me and I’m doing it and you can accomplish the goals you have for yourself as well.

Here are some of the stumbling blocks I had at the beginning and how I figured out a path to success.

1.  If you have a goal, it can be attained (period). 2.  You don’t have to know all of the logistics to begin.  Just begin. 3.  Surround yourself with people who will encourage your progress. 4.  Be excited! Celebrate when you accomplish that goal. And most of all, you can do anything in this life that you want to.  It is out here for the taking.  If I can realize my dreams, there is something to be said for you working at and realizing yours too. Jaha Knight Signature

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  1. StyleAtelier on April 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I am currently writing my first book and I completely agree it feels like the birthing process (though I’ve never had children so I will take your word for it). When I first started writing I was crying every other day. I would get scared to sit down and write. I’m still in the drafting process, but reading this has reminded me of something very important–you just have to do it.

    Congratulations on completing your first book! I cannot wait to be able to say the same.

  2. jahaknight on April 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    StyleAtelier Thank you for the congratulations!  I’m more than sure that you will finish your book shortly and then I’ll be congratulating you!  
    I did have a lot of stress when I sat down with a writing partner to work on our first book together.  That was a stressful endeavor.  This however has been smooth.  I use Scrivener and it makes it SERIOUSLY easy to gather all my research in one spot, create and have my characters in one place, pictures of them, etc.  They also have a beta program called Scapple which is a mind mapping software.  When I tell you that’s been essential in writing book two, I tell you no lies.  So–there are some tools to help you if some of the process has gotten a little out of hand.  I’ve found that they make it easier to get down the business of writing.

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