I’M NOT GONNA LIE THIS RIGHT HERE WOULD BE AN AMAZING STORY IDEA
LIKE HOLY HELL IMAGINE A SECRET SERVICE OF WISH AGENTS, EACH ONE SPECIALLY DESIGNATED TO CARRY OUT A CERTAIN PERSON’S WISH
I WANT THIS TO BECOME A THING PRONTO
I wish for the Megamillions numbers for Tuesday. Now beam it into my head XD Someone should write this as a story.
Anonymous asked: How did you get a book published? What happened? Was it hard?
I skipped the whole “finding a publisher” step and went straight to self-publishing, so it was fairly easy.
When you want to work in a creative field such as visual arts or writing, you have to figure out many things such as
1- Do I want to work for a company / for someone else?
2- Do I want to work alone or with others?
3- Do I want an agent? a publisher? a publicist?
Those are personal decisions that you’re going to have to make based on what’s best for you. Take how much time you need to make those decisions, and keep in mind that you’re welcome to change your mind later if you want.
For me, it was simple.
I work much better alone than with others. I’m at my most productive when I’m following my own schedule (and it’s a very intense and busy work schedule). I like my work to be done in a very specific way. I hate the non-disclosure rule that often comes with doing work for others. I’m not of a fan of the whole “brand yourself as one thing” attitude that often comes when you have a publicist trying to sell you to the world. As a result, for me, it’s better to just work for myself, and self-publish projects. I might change my mind later, but for now, this is what I want, so it’s what I’m doing.
I understand that it might come across as though I’m saying getting an agent+publisher is a bad thing, but it’s not. It’s a really good thing that has worked well for many people in the past, and will continue to work well for many in the future. It’s just not a good fit for me based on the flaws and skills that I have.
If you’re looking to publish, I think you should start by figuring out what’s best for you, then figuring out how to do it. If you decide to go the self-publishing way, lulu and createspace are two very good websites to do it. You also have the option of doing a kickstarter or indiegogo campaign to raise funds to do the printing yourself.
If you’re interested in writing, try sharing your work on writing blogs such as wattpad and figment to build an audience. You can also share work/art on sites such as tumblr and reddit to build an audience. There are also plenty of literary magazines and art journals that you can submit to if you want to get your work known. My favorite one is Winter Tangerine Review (on tumblr).
If you’re looking to go down the more traditional route of getting a publisher, I can’t help you much as I have no experience with that, but I wish you the very best of luck with it, and I hope that you’ll let me know if you end up publishing a book as I would love to read it.
I’ve had good experiences with Createspace, so I’d recommend it.
And, if you need a helping hand with publishing digitally— Draft2Digital's been really good to me and a great alternative to Smashwords, especially with getting the book into the Apple & Kobo stores. (I go to Kindle directly).
Thank you. I’ve been writing a book and I wanted to start out self publishing,