Here at Texansunited.com we’re betting that some of you have considered writing a book at least a thousand times, right? In fact, I’ll go a little farther and speculate that every time you read a book you tell yourself that you could have written it just as well…if only…and it is at this point that you throw up your hands because you have no idea how to get started.
I’m right again, aren’t I?
Well, via my Twitter feed, I happened upon Richard Small, author of the ebook Confederate Star Rises, the first book in what is set to be the Confederate Star trilogy. I purchased the book because the subject interested me, and then as read I had a brilliant idea!
Why not see if Richard would be willing to write a blog for us that outlines just exactly what he had to do to get his novel out of his head and into my computer. So…get ready to take some notes for the next couple of weeks as Richard Small spells it all out for us.
Thank you, Fredda, for giving me the opportunity to contribute to your interesting Texas website. I would like to write a few words to your readers and followers about the process — no journey — no quest — involved in becoming a self-published author.
When first thinking about what this article would contain, the big cognition that I gained as a result of writing and publishing my book pushed and bullied its way to the forefront of my mind.
“On the way to becoming an author I became an entrepreneur instead.”
This realization highlights the surprising and unexpected outcome of this quest, and I’ll get to the how’s and why’s in a minute. But with the explosion in technological advancement of self-publishing, spearheaded by Amazon and others like Smashwords, self-publishing your written work of art is now feasible for anyone who wants to undertake such an enterprise.
This is the road I chose to walk down, because I believe that I do see the future. And that future involves self-publishing on electronic media surpassing and supplanting the traditional paper-based publishing industry of the past.
A whole new paradigm in the publishing industry is taking shape, literally before our very eyes. I will call this new paradigm “Self-publishing”, and it seems like traditional publishing companies have no answer to this new business model, and in fact they are slowly but surely being cut out of the process.
I liken it to the introduction of the automobile at the beginning of the 20th century, where horse-drawn transportation was replaced by cars and trucks powered by the internal combustion engine. The horse, beautiful creature that it is, became irrelevant as a beast of burden, and is now used recreationally. (Maybe that is a good thing for the horse!)
This is what is occurring to the traditional publishing companies in today’s world.
And is this a good thing? You bet!
In fact, this new paradigm has exposed these publishing companies for what they really are, a needless middleman and gatekeeper, whose real intention is to STOP you from publishing. Call it a defeat for big, faceless, international corporations whose employees are nothing more than cogs in the wheel of their organization’s business machine.
Call it a victory for individual freedom, where the self-published author now takes his future viability as a writer into his/her own hands.
Success or failure becomes a function of the author’s own creativity, ingenuity and persistence. I call this a huge triumph for the common citizen — liberty and freedom. It’s entrepreneurship in its purest form. In other words:
On the way to becoming an author I became an entrepreneur instead.
With these needless publishers now out of the way, the things that formerly would stop you from publishing your written work products go away. For example:
1. No longer do you have to find an agent to market your work to the publishers. And as a budding author, what are the chances of actually securing the services of a good one? There are many horror stories out there about less-than-scrupulous agents taking advantage of an author, or agents simply not doing much at all to promote your book.
I don’t know how you feel about this, but it was absolutely frightening for me when looking at the prospect of finding an agent. As a self-published author, I no longer need an agent. In fact, I am my own agent.
Or to put it more succinctly, my internet presence is my agent, and it’s an agent I have complete control over.
2. You no longer need to grit your teeth and bear the personal invalidation that comes with those insidious rejection letters from publishing house after publishing house, overtly or covertly proclaiming that your writing is no good. My son-in-law’s father, who is a traditionally published author, endured twelve long years of rejections before being published.
I do applaud his tenacity, but that’s something I am not willing to go through. Nor is it necessary. As a self-publisher, after creating the best valuable final product I can, I simply “press a button” and my book is published.
To sum up, the new self-publishing paradigm eliminates the NO, the STOP. If you want to publish, you CAN.
So how about you? Is there a budding author living inside you? Are you already putting your thoughts down on paper? Don’t you believe that you have something important to say? Doesn’t everyone? Don’t you want to do your part to make this planet a better place?
The published written word is a great avenue for accomplishing this.
Finally, realize that a published written work, like any art form, has the potential to live far beyond your current lifetime. Your works can inspire and enlighten generation after generation far off into the future.
So how does the self-publishing process work? What are the steps you need to take to become a published author?
Richard Small is the author of Confederate Star Rises, an alternate historical fiction novel, where a change to a single event in history alters the outcome of the American Civil War. Visit Richard’s author website at RichardSmallAuthor.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.