Illustration by Paride Bertolin
Maybe that's why so many writers quit after having tested the self-publishing waters. Maybe that's why some choose traditional publishing over independent, provided they have a way in. Maybe that's why some never even dare to go all the way and shove their manuscripts in the drawers and forget about them. Because going out there on your own is fucking scary. And it's not some hypothetical scary. It's scary as in, you might need to sell your car and your house and starve. Or, if you're not a risk taker, you might need to drive your body into the grave with one, two, three jobs, writing at night, on the weekends, working like a dog and never seeing any results. Sounds brutal? It is.
I'm in the middle of this. Want to hear my fears? If you self-publish, I bet you have every one of them. And a thousand more.
1. I'm not publishing fast enough.
2. I'm not selling enough books.
3. I keep missing promised deadlines.
4. I can't compete with traditionally published books.
5. I'm not getting any better, maybe worse.
6. I'm writing outside of genre, so how the hell will people ever find my books?
7. I'm writing books that don't follow trends, and that means I'm basically fucked.
8. I'm not tech savvy enough to do all these Amazon promotions.
9. I'm not as active on social media anymore.
10. I'M DOING EVERYTHING WRONG BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL I'M DOING.
Read full post (with expanded fears) here.