I found this article yesterday while surfing the internet. I’m not sure if this is pure satire, a mixer of satire and brutal truth, or just a guy who is pouring out his heart as a “failed” self-published author; either way, it is a great piece, and I wanted to share it.
I related so much to the piece (I also laughed my butt off as I read it) because I have done many of the same things he has done as a self-published author. If you are a writer aspiring to be published, or a “self-published failure” as he calls himself in the article—you will love this piece. I will admit that it may leave you with a sense of discouragement; however, I’m a self-motivated, self-starting, tenacious character who refuses to give up, so, I store his words away for experience sake.
I too have had very little success with both of my books. One sold about 1200 copies; the other has been in the hundreds. I do get many complimentary posts, tweets, and emails on portions of my books, poetry, and short stories; however, I have failed to find my audience as of yet. I did choose a genre that is a bit specific to a very small audience (poetry/short stories), but that is where my heart took me as a writer. As I have said many times before—I refuse to sell out and write a Vampire novel.
John Winters rather makes lite of the work involved in self-publishing—I disagree with him on this point. It’s a lot of work, and I—for one—am very proud of the work I did to self-publish. I think the biggest mistake I made when I published “Voices from the Heart” was in the cover design—it’s too masculine. Also, I self-edited the book which is a mistake. A writer cannot see his/her own bad habits and grammatical errors—we just can`t (remember that). You can pay someone to edit your work, and it’s not that expensive. Anyway, I chose the picture of chains on the front cover of my book because many of my poems and short stories have a moral to them. Many of the experiences I share in both the poems and the short stories are about making changes in our lives, breaking chains, moving on from something painful. I refer to these types of stories and poems as (and I stole this of course—I’m not brilliant enough to come up with this on my own), “The language of the heart.”
Anyway, here is the article by John Winters—I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:
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