My journey to writing and self publishing my book has me feeling like Spike Lee. . .you know how all his movies usually have the credits: written by Spike Lee, starring Spike Lee, directed by Spike Lee and produced by (you guessed it) Spike Lee.
I always thought how tough it must be to wear so many hats and now being in a situation (on a much smaller scale) where I am writing, publishing and promoting my own work, I see that it is not only tough but also mentally & physically exhausting!
My reason for wanting to "do it all" myself with this first book was so that I understood how EVERY aspect of the writing/publishing game works. And let me tell you, I've learned A LOT!! But one of the biggest lessons I've learned is that I don't need to go it alone. I plan on hiring an intern (or two) for the next book and even letting a PR team manage the marketing. I'm running on fumes right now but the feeling of seeing my work in an actual tangible book is indescribable and I cannot wait to share it and start hearing from people who've read it (famous last words! ha!). I just hope my hard work and commitment to not only making it a really good book but all of the marketing and promotion and everything--- I hope people can see how serious I took this and that nothing was taken for granted.
Let's be real: ANYONE can publish a book nowadays. All you have to do is have a computer, access to the Internet and a basic grasp of the English language (if you're writing a book in English). But I wanted to give my readers more than that and I pray that those who come along on this journey feel it's worth the ride!
I plan on sharing my journey in an e-book at the end of the year and providing aspiring authors with tips and resources, so stay tuned!
Writer. Reader. Designer. Creative Spirit.
“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”