I woke up this morning wondering what your thoughts on the type of book that you prefer to publish would be. I have mixed feelings and possibly because print books seem so foreign to me.
So I have been writing since I was a child, but it was just for fun. There was so much involved to actually get a book published. Money, a big name and talent. I honestly didn’t think it would ever happen for me because I didn’t feel I had any of those things.
So when the eBooks came out, I had a little bit of hope. Then self publishing became popular and little people like me could do it for free! What? I could publish a book for free? Anyone could? This is crazy to say the least.
Of course, I got to work and put some eBooks out there. And they actually made some money. WOW!! That was without any advertising or marketing involved at all. This was great. But wait, I am missing something…
I walk into my local Barnes and Noble and there is no red carpet rolled for me. Not one of my books are on their shelves and not one person recognizes me. What the??? And then I remembered…I wrote eBooks, not print books. Hmmmm How did I feel about this?
In reality, it didn’t matter to me at all. I just love to write. And I know that the ones that did buy my eBook, actually liked it and wanted to read more from me because of my writing, not because of my advertising. So that made me feel great.
I mean, ya, we all would love to drive by our big book stores and see the cardboard cut outs of ourselves in the display windows, but we really like it more when someone reads something we have written and enjoy it. At least I do.
So back to the point here, obviously I am only familiar with self-publishing eBooks and would have no idea where to even start to go through an actual publisher and get a physical book printed. Is it expensive? Is it hard to be chosen or does everyone get a chance? Please share your wisdom with the rest of us.