There’s nothing like seeing your dream of writing a book become reality. Without a doubt, publishing a book is a major feat, but it’s not for the fainthearted! It’s natural to have some fear before you introduce your book to the world, but don’t let that fear be a stumbling block to publishing your book.
Here are 5 fears that you may be facing and a few tips to overcoming them:
• Fear of “going public.” It is important for authors to have a platform to engage with their readers. This means that you need to have a way for readers to connect with you, whether it’s on your blog, your Facebook author page, Instagram, or Twitter. Your readers want to know the author behind the book. If you want to remain anonymous because you're afraid to go public, you may have difficulties selling your book.
• Fear of criticism. If there is one thing that readers will do, it’s provide feedback—which may include criticism—about your book. Criticism may be hurtful at first, but it can also be helpful. How? It can show you the weakness of a storyline or a need to flesh out a character, for example. So, take the good with the bad and learn from both. Who knows? It may help you to improve your next manuscript.
• Fear of promoting your book. Does the idea of talking up your book to strangers scare you? If it does, chances are, you may not hold a book signing, or participate in "author talks," or contact local book store owners to ask them whether you can sell your books at their stores. Remember: The best promoter of your book is not a marketing company, but the author who wrote it.
• Fear of networking. It’s important for you to have support from other authors, especially if you are a first-time author. So, why not joining groups for authors and writers. Ask questions, meet influencers, offer advice, accept advice. Writers may be shy, but they’re a friendly bunch. They will be more than willing to help you out.
• Fear of going over your budget. Publishing does not have to be an expensive venture because of the different publishing methods available, including Print On Demand, which allows authors to print as many or as few books as they like at an affordable cost. Check out different offers, including MANA's self-publishing plans.
If you overcome your fears, 2018 may just be the year that you achieve your goal of becoming a self-published author!
Have questions about self-publishing? Contact MANA at firstname.lastname@example.org.