Like every Indie before me, I’ve done some major learning, and here’s something that I wish to share with you all.
I was in a panic about publishing. The how, and what’s involved. I had notes that I’d made and advice that I’d collected along the way, but when you know that there will be deadlines involved in your release, well the pressure really begins to build. It’s something that I did to myself – I don’t know if you’ve done it, but I certainly did.
Now this lead me to thinking, how am I ever going to manage this? How am I ever going to manage to publish a book?
That last sentence, really resonated in my head.
I got to thinking – how was I going overcome this. I knew, for me to continue writing, it was something that I was going to eventually have to confront and overcome.
So, I wrote a short story, bought a very cheap off the shelf eBook cover, created another pen name – one that I’m not building a brand around, and loaded it up to Amazon – then pressed PUBLISH.
What I learnt; that it wasn’t that difficult to do. That there was information that I knew about theoretically, but putting it into practise was a different thing entirely. Now I’d kind of guessed that this would occur. But the interesting thing in all of this, was that they were merely small speed humps that I was able to deal with and overcome. Sure, they slowed me down somewhat, but I learned how to overcome them. It wasn’t hard or as difficult as I thought it would be.
I also made step by step notes for when I do publish my brand.
I think the biggest thing that I learned from the whole endeavour was that I could do this thing. That its as hard as you make it, or as easy if you let it be.
That I could do it on a shoestring for the nonce, and pretty everything up down the track, if that’s something that I wanted to do.
The biggest thing that came out of this though was that the exercise took the pressure off.
In the back of my head I’d built up so much pressure on myself without realising I’d done so, that I was beginning to doubt if I was actually capable of it.
The thing I want you to take away from this is, if I can do it, anyone can do it.