#6 JUST DO IT! (Publish your quality works.)
When you feel you have something publish-worthy, jump out there and try. With the advent of self-publishing, you have more freedom than ever before in the history of story-telling. Just don’t let those great ideas sit on a shelf until “you are ready.” I’m not knocking traditionally-published authors. If you can find an agent or a publisher that will work with you, great! But if you’ve done all of the rules up to this point, and you consistently get feedback that your story should be shared but can’t find someone that will take your work, don’t be afraid to jump into the water.
Getting into writing is like getting into the pool; whether you enter through the ladder (traditionally published) or the cannonball (self-publishing) the end result is the same. Don’t be afraid to get wet. The worst thing that can happen to an author is that no one reads their published work. That is the ABSOLUTE worst thing that can happen, right?
Okay… let’s look at that from the other side. If no one read your work, and you learned more and more about the business of self-publishing, you received a free education. And since NO ONE read your work, what have you lost? You didn’t get a bad reputation because… say it with me; no one read your work.
And this is the worst thing that can happen. What if you put yourself out there and it receives only a little praise? That’s awesome. That’s exactly how you build a fan base… one fan at a time. And who knows if you’ll strike a major trend with a third or fourth novel and it takes off?
If you feel that you jumped in too early, and your name is tarnished forever due to what you didn’t know that you didn’t know when you published your works, that’s okay. Don’t worry. Write under a pseudonym and keep writing.
Publish your quality works, polish your sub-quality works to get them ready for publishing, and keep writing new works, even if you have to use a pseudonym to change it up a bit.
That being said, if you want to jump in, but aren’t sure where to start, give me a shout. Seriously.