There I was, a struggling writer trying to break into publishing with a first draft of a novel.
The thing is, at the time I was facing down the rejection and doubts about being good enough, if I even knew how to write.
The problem was that I was letting the questions, the mystery, around the business of writing and publishing stop me. It loomed large, overwhelmed me, and I didn't know how to get the answers I needed.
That meant I stopped writing for long stretches of time and I felt miserable.
I dreaded sitting down to write because I questioned and second guessed every choice I made..
I decided I needed answers so that I could figure out what I wanted and how I was going to get there. About querying agents, writing the synopsis, what to look for in agents and publishers, building my author platform, and about all my printing and publishing options.
Instantly it became crystal clear to me how to take control of my own writing life to define my own writing path and my success., because I saw I could write the stories I wanted to write, focus on the writing and enjoy it again, because I knew the options I had with each story, whether it was better suited for traditional or self publishing, and each step I needed to take to get there.
My plan was to decide whether the story I was writing was better suited for traditional publishing or self-publishing.. So, I started researching the kinds of books that succeed in self-publishing and those that succeed through traditional publishing..
I didn't stop there. After deciding to self-publish, I researched whether I wanted to sell ebooks only, or both ebook and print books and how to go about creating, formatting, and selling both.
After that, I hired an editor, hired a cover artist, edited my book and started selling my new book!
Bottom line: In the end I had the control. I chose the path I wanted. I didn't have to rely on the subjectivity of the opinions of agents and editors..
Building on that success, I decided to share it with other writers so that they don't have to feel the same stress and overwhelm that I did.
I call it "The Business of Writing".
With the tools and reources inside The Business of Writing, I know I have the answers I need.
whenever I'm writing and the anxiety and doubt of whether the book is or will be good enough or marketable enough, I go through the same process over again, researching, deciding what are the best publishing options for the book when it is done. Then I set the options aside and am free to write. I re-evaluate the options every now and then to see if they need to change, and to remind myself that success is within reach.
And that's why I'm so excited to share this with you so you can get these types of results too!