This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question- What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
This pitfall took me a long time to overcome:
It’s OK to self-publish.
I tried traditional publishing for over twenty years. Granted, my queries were without-a-doubt flawed and my novels are more niche than mainstream, but it’s hard for me to give up on anything. That included following the publishing model that I grew up with. Finally, I realized even if I wrote a great book:
- I had to reach an agent at that point in time when they were looking for my sort of book (not only their area of interest but a topic they hadn’t just published).
- I had to jump through word hoops to get my idea across in a few sentences.
- I had to be more mainstream than I am.
I’d dipped a toe into self-publishing when I set up my own publisher (with a group of like-minded teacher-authors) to release my technology-in-education books so why not fiction also? Releasing my novels as an Indie was much easier than my non-fiction. I wish I had tried it years ago.
I look forward to reading your thoughts!
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Time, first in the Man vs. Nature collection. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.