Below is a conversation with myself about my decision to self-publish, starring the ever-warring parts of my personality, hopeful me and negative me. Thought I’d share so those fighting similar internal battles.
Hopeful me: I think it’s time, Neg. It’s time to get that book out there into the world.
Negative me: I don’t know, I think you may be jumping the gun on this one.
Hopeful me: We’ve been working on this book for nearly two years. How’s that jumping the gun?
Negative me: A lot of writers work on their debut novels for a lot longer than that. J.R.R. Tolkien spent seven years writing The Hobbit. What, are we better than Tolkien? Do you really think this is the best work we can do?
Hopeful me: First of all, Tolkien had a burning case of world builder’s disease. And honestly, this IS the best work we can do now. Sure, we could spend weeks, months, years revising and editing The truth is that it can ALWAYS be better. Not to be cliched, but perfect is the enemy of good enough, and I think we’ve got it good enough. Do you really it could ever be *perfect*?
Negative me: Well no, of course not, but …
Hopeful me: Wouldn’t it be sad if this was the only book we ever wrote, or if we never publish it because we’re too busy trying to eradicate all flaws? Even bestsellers have flaws. And if we don’t move on to the next project, we’ll never become a better writer.
Negative me: I guess you got me there. But I have doubts about self-publishing.
Hopeful me: I thought we talked about this before, Neg. Don’t we agree that we’ll have more creative control if we self-publish?
Negative: Yeah, and we’ve heard all those awful stories about publishing houses closing suddenly and how publishers don’t actually market your book and that if you’re not an immediate success you’re basically screwed and you lose the rights to your book, but …
Hopeful: but what?
Negative: Well, people don’t really think you’re a *real* author until they see your books on the shelves in Barnes and Noble, ya know?
Hopeful: Does anyone actually buy books at Barnes and Noble, though? Every time we go there, there’s less books and more Doctor Who bobbleheads!
Negative: Fair point, but what do we say when someone questions our decision to self-publish?
Hopeful: Tell them the truth—that traditional publishing is a behemoth dinosaur that’s too big to adapt to changing technology, that we’ve done our research and have a plan to create a profitable and sustainable writing career, and that self-publishing was a conscious choice, not a last resort.
Negative: I guess you’re right. Sorry to always be a negative Nancy.
Hopeful: Don’t sweat it. Without you, I’d probably make a lot of rash decisions without thinking them through. We make a good team.
Negative: Yeah, I guess we do. *pause* But …
Hopeful: What is it?
Negative: Do you think this blog post is really ready to be published?
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