Every once in a while, you have a revelation – or more likely someone says something – that completely destroys a long-held belief. That happened to me at the conference I attended last weekend.
I’ve mentioned that I ended up being regretful and somewhat embarrassed by the fact that I didn’t have cards or swag, to show off while I was at Killer Nashville.
I mentioned this to several people who all seemed to be very understanding.
A more revealing conversation, however, was one that I had with Debra Kern Gaskill. Because I explained to her that I didn’t have card or books, she and I got into a discussion about the the relative merits of publishing print copies of the book. Debra really opened my eyes to the fact that my long held belief that I didn’t want to pursue self-publishing print copies could be wrong.
Based on that conversation, I decided to look at CreateSpace. I could kiss Debra! I spent the day yesterday poking around CreateSpace, and even uploaded a manuscript to see what it would look like. Of course, it didn’t take long to see how much work I had left to do, but it also didn’t take long to figure out that I can do this.
I’ve always wanted to have Biloxi Sunrise in print. Not because I think it’s going to sell that many more copies than the electronic version, but because I’ve had so many requests for it. Isn’t the point of writing a book to reach the largest audience of readers possible? You can’t do that if you only have one format for your book.
So, there’s still work to be done, but about the same time A Biloxi Christmas comes out, the print version of Biloxi Sunrise should be available. None of that would have happened had I continued to believe the lies I tell myself. I’ve always told myself that Biloxi Sunrise could only be in print if a publisher picked it up. And I’ve had some interest from publishers, but I don’t want to sell my soul for the print edition.
I also told myself the lie that publishing the book in print myself would mean I’d have to have a garage full of copies collecting dust until they sell. Thanks to services like CreateSpace, that’s no longer true. I can have as many or as few copies of the book printed as I want. It can be available on Amazon (and through other booksellers if I want). And if I don’t want a single copy in my house, I don’t have to have one.
The lies we tell ourselves can be damaging to our careers, to our self-confidence, to our very being. Obviously, the lie that self-publishing a print book is a difficult, expensive endeavor isn’t going to destroy my psyche, but it could damage the career I’m trying to build.
Thank you, Debra, for letting me pick your brain and thank you for destroying another of those baseless lies that was holding me back. And readers, if you’re looking for a good book (or several) to read, check out Debra’s book page. I promise, you’ll enjoy the read.