My blog started as a way to track my process toward publishing and perhaps sharing some of what I’ve learned with other self-publishing hopefuls. Over the last few years I’ve written five novels and three short stories in the Farseen Chronicles. I didn’t share this world with anyone until I watched my daughter start an art business. Her faith and determination inspired me to share the world I created. I didn’t want to wake up in ten years and wonder ‘What if…”.
Research (I’m fond of research) dictated that I needed a web site as well as twitter and blog accounts. I’m not technophobe but I just don’t see me using twitter; however, blogging and a web site were possibilities.
So here I am, five months later and I haven’t been faithful the blog. I could blame the curve ball that life threw at me; but I’m honest enough with myself to admit that the real problem is fear of the publish button. It’s a small little button… but it’s power is fearsome. Once you publish, the words go out to the World Wide Web for all to see. These are not the words of a character I’ve created. The words are mine. Somehow that seems more real to me.
As far as book publishing goes, my first novel will be available as an e-reader soon, so that’s one hurdle crossed. My next hurdle is to make sure my blog is the best it can be and that the content amuses and informs readers.
January 4, 2015 at 8:52 PM
I am an aspiring paranormal mystery writer. I would love any advice you have on how to get published or what it takes to self publish. Thank you, best wishes for your book!!
January 4, 2015 at 9:40 PM
Good luck – I hope you get over the fear of the Publish button! I imagine it’s quite a natural feeling, but you will get used to it as time goes on & you can always unpublished or update on WP.
I chose my name because it means a quiet whisper to help get a perspective to deal with a similar reluctance. So many posts are published that our voices are not loud in the crowd, so we have chance to experiment without too many blushes.
January 5, 2015 at 9:50 AM
The publish button can be terrifying. I completely relate. The more I press that button the less daunting it seems, and the more hopeful I become that an increasing number of people read what I write. Keep going!