I am so excited! I just submitted my manuscript to Create-A-Space for Knightingale. I can’t believe it’s finally in the works to getting published. As soon as it is approved I will also be submitting it for the Kindle.
I can’t begin to tell you how much of a learning experience this has been and oh, the journey just to get to this point. So much research and agony over trying to decide what is the best option out there. I didn’t even want to consider self-publishing before but after all the nightmares I have heard of how difficult or nearly impossible it is to get a publisher to even consider your book, I almost gave up. When I forced myself to start researching other routes I had to admit that self-publishing involves a lot of work but it’s not a whole lot different than what you have to put yourself through going the traditional route. The only difference really is the advance you receive from a publisher. But even then you’re lucky to get an advance large enough to cover your expenses and then you are stuck with a limited about of books to work with.
Writing is not a get-rich-quick scheme. I came into this knowing that from the beginning. All I want to do is make my stories available for others to read and if I make enough money to help pay the bills along the way then my husband will be extremely happy. But writing is only one step of the overall journey and I’ve learned that you have to put just as much effort into the distribution and marketing part as you do the writing part. But it’s a dream and every dream is worth the work because at the end of the day you can always say that you have followed your dreams and very few people in this world can say that.