Guest post by Ron Mindzak, author of The Time Merchant Cafe.
I have always enjoyed writing.
In the mid 80s I wrote several short stories and submitted them to all sorts of publications. Although all of them sent back letters stating that although the articles were good, they had their own or syndicated writers. All rejected my articles.
I looked into writing a book. Back then you could either self-publish and sell your books out of the trunk of your car, or you could try getting a publisher to publish your book, which was unlikely, or at the very least would take a couple of years. So I put my writing on hold.
With the advent of electronic publishing, everybody can publish–everybody.
With the advent of electronic publishing, everybody can publish–everybody. tweet
That brings me to my point, finally. In today’s world you can easily publish whatever you write, within reasonable guidelines. I published my book on short stories, both an ebook and paperback, both selling on Amazon.
With all the competition, I need to choose the reason I’m publishing my book.
- Is it simply to get a book published, which is pretty cool into it self. Or
- Do I want to make some money and have some recognition?
To make money, I need to put a lot of effort into writing. Pre-ebook days, if you got your book published, it was done so because the publisher thought it was a good book. In today’s world, you don’t know if your book is any good (except for your friends and relatives who tell you it is) until people find and read it. Getting people to find my book to form an opinion is the work part. That’s where I need to decide how much work I want to put into marketing my book, or simply feel good about just getting published.
I am currently in the “free book” promotion stage. We’ll see how that works out and how much effort I’m going to put into my book. It will depend on reviews. If I get good reviews, it will encourage me. If no reviews or bad reviews, that pretty much answers my writing questions.
Only time will tell.