I self-published my first novel: When God Turned His Head back in 2010. I have to admit, I made a lot of mistakes especially in the beginning because I was in a hurry to publish that book. I thought that by writing a book and getting it published quickly I could make enough money to get my family out of our poor financial condition and get us back on our feet. I had a huge learning curve that I needed to overcome.
One of the first things that I learned was that I needed someone else to do final edits on my work because I was too close to my own work to see its faults. The second thing that I learned was that formatting for an e-book was different than formatting for a print book. I discovered that there was definitely a learning curve in self-publishing. However, I have learned that despite the problems that I face in self-publishing, I think that if a big publishing company offered a contract, I would probably decline the offer.
I know a number of people who tell me that I should try to get my books into a “real” publisher, that my books are “good enough” for a traditional publisher. The reason that I self-publish is not that I don’t think writing is not good enough. It’s because I don’t think a traditional publisher is a right fit for me. Click Here to Read MORE