DIY

We live in a world where things can be done instantly for us. But there is one thing where can never skip steps.

If you want incredible results, you have to put in a lot of work.

Hello, this blog will cover one major mistake a lot of authors make.

Why do you write? Are you a talented author? Do you write because its soothing?

Or do you have an insane imagination, and you keep coming up with excellent ideas? How about this-Did Twilight, The Hunger Games and 50 Shades of Grey prompt you to write?

2012 was a big year for writing, as everyone wanted to have their book adapted to film. From my road traveled, authors would fight on Authonomy, only to get over looked almost every single month.

Everyone was writing Romance or Erotica, because that’s what was wanted. However, I chose Science Fiction and Fantasy. Because I love those genres.

As soon as my book hit the website, skeptical readers lined up to attempt to tear it apart, but found it refreshing eccentric, unique and a breath of fresh air. At one point, one of my novels did so well, it remained number one for almost three weeks. Then stayed in the top ten for a while.

The genre that everyone swore was overdone was dominated by little old me. I was one of the younger authors on the website, as well.

I remember a woman ripping my book apart…only to end up writing in the same genre. Pathetic, right?

After that phase, I decided self publishing was the way to go. Unfortunately, my first time around, I chose Author House. Though I only spent $300, I felt that it was a waste. As soon as my book was done, they asked if I had $15,000 for a publicist. I had just started writing other novels, and thought that was odd. Though I wrote the book, I didn’t feel I was in the position to be in the spotlight quite yet.

My friends and family all bought a novel, but I decided to take it a step further and illustrate my own cover art and really dig into self publishing. Now I did not sell hundreds of thousands of books, but everything I did was my own work. No one could tell me anything.

After listening to someone no one should ever take advice from, I pulled my novels from Amazon. Then, after a year went by, I published with another mistake, Creativia. By then, I was well established and known worldwide. I owned my pseudonym and knew my rights. Crearivia refused to use my name, and was unable to offer an advance.

After cutting ties with them, I decided to self publish again…because I love it. Then here comes BookWhip, another self publishing scam. If you have to pay for author services, run.

Thing is, I’ve been doing my own thing for so long, I don’t need anyone’s help anymore. In fact, I have a larger fan base than most of these want to be publishing companies. I have connections on Facebook now most of you would merely dream of.

All of it came from nonstop hard work. It didn’t come from tearing people apart, and leaving terrible reviews on purpose. It didn’t come from ostracizing others to make myself feel better.

It took seven years of hard work. Ha, and I have only just begun.

I want everyone to know that if you don’t take risks, you will never learn. Stay away from author services suggesting that you pay upfront. You can publish for free through plenty of other services, including Createspace, and it is completely up to you on how to pay for advertising. There are so many other options available to you, so don’t give in.

But honest with yourself, primarily. Why do you want to publish your book?

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