Leap of Faith: I’ve Self-Published

I never thought I’d self-publish. But I did. This week I stretched beyond my perceived technical limit, and figured it all out. My pet project has been rejected for the last time. I don’t know how many publishers I’ve submitted it to. They all love it. But they want it as a complete work and not in the twelve volumes I’ve divided it into. I don’t want it divided.I want it distributed in twelve different parts. Possibly more. Who knows? I love this story. I love the characters, how they develop, and the world they inhabit. By serializing it I have the ability to add as many volumes as I want. Especially now.

Each of my friends that has self-published promised me I wouldn’t regret it. Despite their encouragement, I did have a moments panic and a bit of hesitation as I worked at it this week. What am I most afraid of? That I’m too much of a perfectionist and there would be mistakes that I could only blame on myself. That no one would buy my book. That I’m really a rotten writer and there are a dozen people out there ready to give me one-star reviews. That I’ll have to put myself out there to market my book. It’s paralyzing the fear.

I own my lovely story. The only one that has any say is me. Talk about liberating.

So what do I do now? Please buy my book. It’s called Memoirs of a Gigolo. The story is about a young man that has come to the end of the party, he is on the edge of growing up, figuring out who he really is, and what truly matters to him.

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5 thoughts on “Leap of Faith: I’ve Self-Published

  1. Good luck with your book. I will follow the link and check it out . . . (I’m new to self-publishing myself so always wanting to help others just like myself)!!!
    With best wishes – Modesty

  2. Congrats on self-publishing Livia! I’ve just done the same with Gunshot Glitter to retain complete creative control of the process. Can I suggest you post a few pages of the opener to your blog so people can get a taste of the narrative and your writing style? I’ve just viewed the sample on Kindle and you can only view one page of your actual story. It will encourage people to take a chance on a new writer. You can also link to your blog in your author page. Good luck : ) x

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