Life as a self-published author #1

Just over one month ago I pushed the publish button on Blurb to initiate the first edition print run of The Journal Writer’s Handbook. It was an exciting moment, and since my books arrived I’ve sold a respectable number of them – and not only to people who know me!

To celebrate my first month as a self-published author I thought I’d include the Blurb BookShow in my blog post today, which shows a preview of the beginning of it, and an idea of the indexes at the end. Here it is:

Life’s been full of surprises since I completed the book. The very first surprise came when I held the finished article in my hands. I’d heard countless people say what a special moment it is when you first have your own book in your hands, and you read your name on the front. What surprised me however was that I didn’t feel particularly moved by the sight and feel of the book itself. I saw my name on the cover and thought “about time!” I guess as a writer this is what you’d expect to happen sooner or later. It’s normal.

So no, the physical product, while gem-like and beautiful, didn’t of itself send me into paroxysms of joy. Instead I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in having achieved what I set out to do. Once you’re holding your book in your hands you have the ultimate manifestation of the hours spent scribbling and editing and self-doubting and doing-it-anyway. And for me that is where the joy lies.



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6 responses to “Life as a self-published author #1

  1. I’m on my way to self-pub. . .so I hope I have the same experience. Congrats!

  2. Congratulations on the publication of your book. I published my book, The First Time as an ebook and felt a sense of achievement once it went online, however I’d love to have my next book available in both print and ebook format. There is something nice about the physicality of bound books.

    • Hi there
      Thanks for your comment. I agree about bound books and have not gone down the ebook route as yet. My book is non-fiction/personal development and accompanies the courses and workshops I lead so it feels more logical to have a physical book at the moment. Part of my message in the book promotes writing with a real pen so it makes sense to have a real book alongside! Good luck with your stories.

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