OK. I am not scared of stuff like Columbus is in Zombieland. In fact I think zombies should be scared of ME. But when it comes to using Kindle Direct Publishing to publish my forthcoming little ebook, I’m a bit scared.
I have self-published before, once on Lulu and once on Smashwords and KDP. But they were poetry books. I didn’t EXPECT anyone to actually buy them or read them or notice them. It’s like having to give a speech when the room is just full of empty chairs. Not so scary.
But now I’ve put a little book together for bloggers who want more blog traffic. My title will be ‘Getting Traffic on a Small Blog.’ Unless I get a better idea before finalizing the book cover on Canva.
I did a search on Amazon to see what books are my ‘competitors.’ Which are mostly books about how to ‘get rich’ blogging. When I see a book like THAT I always wonder why the book author bothered to write a book when he is so gosh-darn rich from blogging. Most of the blogs I read are NOT from bloggers who show any signs that they are trying to make a living from blogging.
What scares me I think is that when I actually put the book out people can judge it— and me. And I don’t have good experience of people judging me. People tend to not get me, or to think I am pitiful, or weak, or weird. OK, the weird bit is probably true.
But it’s odd. Since I plan to charge actual money for the ebook (or I would be publishing on Smashwords or doing it as a Wattpad project,) far fewer people will judge that than judge my blog posts which are right out there for anyone to see and comment on.
But I’m used to writing blog posts. If people want to judge me harshly for something in a blog post, it doesn’t really bother me any more. If someone writes a mean comment on a blog post I tend to think it’s way more about the commenter than about me.
My little book project is pretty much finished, though I am currently doing a last reread-and-fix run even though I’ve done that before and it was ready to go then. I’m also procrastinating on finishing the lame book cover design. (Yes, I know books need professional covers. Want to buy me one? 😉 )
Since I am going with KDP, I will have the ability to make the book temporarily free. When I do that, I will announce that on this blog or on my FB page so my good friends and/or archenemies will be able to read and review it. I’m not sure I will have the courage to actually READ reviews, but you do need reviews of some sort.
How about you? Have you ever done the self-publishing thing? Was it scary, or are you way braver than me?
Thank you for reading this blog post,
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