The publishing industry has been evolving and changing for the past few years, giving authors more opportunities than ever before to take their careers in directions they mmay never have considered a few years ago.
I started writing seriously in 2006. I was first published in 2008. And last year, I self-published my first novella. If it’s one thing I’ve learned since I began taking my writing career seriously, it is that having an open mind has served me well. I’m not just a writer, but a businesswoman. My overall goal is to make a living off my writing. Whether I self-publish, write for digital, or big publishers, or submit stories to Woman’s World. No matter what I’m doing, I’m gaining experience and knowledge and most importantly, growing as a writer.
Admittedly, before I knew anything about self-publishing I didn’t even give it a second thought. After all, that’s not what real writers do according to the old publishing model. You write a story and go through the querying process, which can take months. I almost didn’t consider self-publishing to be honest. Why? Well because I knew nothing about it, and just thinking of all that would need to be done to put out one title scared the heck out of me.
Through talking to other writers and reading self-published books, I finally started looking at the possibilities and advantages of self-publishing. I’m so glad I did. There’s a lot of work that goes in to publish a book, but it’s a wonderful learning experience. Being your own publisher is tough. I’ve added a few more extra hats. *g* Self-publishing gives me a different prospective on writing and readers. You need to know your market, target audience, and how to produce a quality product that has an equal chance of standing out from the other books out there.
It probably sounds so simple, but if there’s one thing I’d stress to fellow writers it’s don’t dismiss a learning opportunity. Always keep an open mind and educate yourself about all the opportunities out there to grow your writing career. Through publishing my own material, I’ve learned that though it takes planning, it’s definitely something I’m going to do again. Obviously, you can’t know if something’s right for you or not until you try it. There’s no right or wrong way to build your career. The only way that matters is the one that works for you.
Am I going to self-publish everything I write? No. For me, it’s all about building my backlist. I’m not picky on how I do that. *g* Publishers, digital and major have large numbers of loyal readers. Readers who’ll hopefully, after reading my books will follow my career.
No matter how you decide to build your career, have fun and enjoy the process!
Abbey MacInnis is a published author of Contemporary Western romance. Along with Contemporary, she writes Historical, Paranormal and erotic romance. Whether she’s being swept off her feet by a Medieval knight, regency rake, or cowboy or cop, her heroes are always strong men who’ll love their women unconditionally.
On most days, Abbey can be found at her computer, penning her latest tale. A tale where love, respect, and passion combine to create a satisfying and happy ending. She invites you to step in to the pages of her romances, to leave your worries behind and get swept up in her world.
Check out my latest release:
His Fifth Avenue Thief
Two years prior, Irishman Aaron O’Connel took his life from rags to riches. Chance and wits have kept him alive in 1850’S New York City. But no amount of money or success can bring his love Cathlene back from the dead. When a thief sneaks her way into his mansion, the last woman he expects to find absconding with his belongings is his long lost wife.
Abandoned on New York’s shores, a widowed, penniless, and ruined Cathlene O’Connel was left to fend for herself in an unfamiliar world. Fear and circumstance drove her to a life of thieving in order to survive, but her heart risks the biggest danger of all when Aaron hands her a scandalous proposition: A son in exchange for her freedom.
Now that he has her back, Aaron doesn’t intend to let Cathlene slip between his fingers. He’ll do whatever it takes to regain her trust and love. But when an enemy from Cathlene’s past resurfaces, Aaron not only faces battling for Cathlene’s heart, but also her life.