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5 self-publishing truths few authors talk about

Apt observations about self-publishing from Dylan Hearn. (Happy New Year to you too, Dylan… 😳) It’s the truth, folks. The only way to deal with the realities of this market is to keep slogging away and maintain a long-term view. That doesn’t mean you can’t check your stats from time to time. Just don’t wear rose-colored glasses when you do!

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One of the hardest thing to watch on social media is an author, usually a debut author, getting excited about their upcoming book launch and knowing they are about to get hit around the head with a hard dose of reality.

They’ve done the right things, built up a twitter or Facebook following, blogged about the book, sent copies out for review, told all their friends about the upcoming launch, pulled together a promo video and graphic, maybe taken out some adverts. The first few days after launch are filled with excited tweets, mentions of early positive reviews and chart rankings. Then, after a few days, maybe a few weeks, the positive tweets stop and an air of desperation sets in as the reality of life as an indie author hits home.

Part of the problem is that the authors most vocal on social media are those that have already seen self-publishing…

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One comment on “5 self-publishing truths few authors talk about

  1. John W. Howell
    January 5, 2015

    Yup. Have the shirt.

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