Hi, my name is Melissa Blue and I used to be published. Or I was unpublished after being published and then I re-published except it's self-published.
Ok. Let's try this again, my name is Melissa Blue and I'm going to tell you things they don't tell you about publishing.
I used to be a newbie. I used to believe that there were publishing faeries who sprinkled dust on manuscripts and voila your book ended up published. No, I'm not being facetious (maybe a little) or condescending. There was literally a time where I thought all it took to get published was writing a book and sending it in. I was 19. I wasn't exactly a worldly 19, either. I had vast knowledge in one area and that was it. So, write book + send book to publisher (Harlequin was the extent of "publisher") = book is published.
Did you notice there was nothing in between or after? To say I had a bit of a learning curve is an understatement. Let's fast forward so this blog isn't novel length. I learned a few things about writing, for one. Your characters need to have a goal. Go figure. You need to think in terms of career, as in write more than one book, send and voila published. (More than one book in the same genre too.) Sometimes (most times, if not all the time) being published isn't all rainbows and farting unicorns. And sometimes after getting that brass ring you end up unpublished again.
Who'd thought? And one would think I'd learned my lesson and learned a thing or two about being self-published. Before, you know, I jumped off that bridge of insanity.
Of course not, 'cause here's the thing about being published. No one's journey is the same. Plus, you can read about the details but human beings tend to gloss over them until it is NEED TO KNOW. Take a moment and imagine your dream publisher….Do you know off the top of your head what format they prefer? Is the synopsis two pages or up to five? What's the e-mail addy or address you need to send the ms to? Even if you know, aren't you going to double check?
Yeah. That's how it ALWAYS is. Published in a traditional sense. Or self-published. There are ways to make your life easier, but nothing is easy.
Self-publishing isn't any different, except you are the publisher. You are going to find out the details of things you never knew existed. Like All Romance E-books requires you to upload your own formatting. And Smashwords has its own formatting i.e. a word doc in a very specific manner. And that watching to see if you've had a sale is ten times worse than checking to see if the editor has replied back. Maybe a hundred times.
And are you published? Or is the "self" designation required. Or are you some freak-a-zoid like me and formerly published but now self-published.
Here's the bit of advice I glossed over again and again when I was unpublished (the first time) there is no secret handshake. It's a bit of luck and hard work. Go figure.
Well, you can find more barrels of sunshine on my blog. Where, it’s a complete coincidence, you can find links to buy my books.
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Thanks Melissa! You're a star. You can buy Mel's books here. :o)