“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” ~ Babe Ruth
If you’re a baseball fan, you’ve read this quote. If you’ve ever seen A Cinderella Story staring Hillary Duff you will remember this quote from the movie. It’s a great quote–and we’re going to use a variation of this for today’s post.
Never let the fear of formatting keep you from publishing your book.
Any author who has considered self-publishing has suffered from the fear of having to do a whole bunch of stuff they’re not accustomed to doing–marketing, editing, commissioning a cover, formatting. I understand this fear. Some authors let these fears prevent them from ever publishing at all. When fear is in the driver’s seat, you’re going to make bad decisions.
Let’s expel some of our self-publishing fears:
Marketing: This is a normal fear, but unless your name is Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, or Nora Roberts, prepare to do lots of your own marketing regardless of which publishing method you choose. If you can write a book, you can tell other people about it. That’s all marketing really is–telling other people about your book. (I know – easier said than done.)
Editing: You’ll need to outsource. You can hire someone, but if you can’t afford to do so, enlist some trusted beta readers to help you out.
Cover Art: You’ll have to have a cover. Your book will look silly without one. Commissioning a cover isn’t as scary as it sounds. It doesn’t have to be super expensive. A good cover artist will help you come up with a concept, and once you’re caught up in the excitement of your cover art, the scary feelings will go away.
Formatting: This is by far the easiest part of your publishing journey. Seriously, if you can write a whole book, you can do this. There are free guides available to help you through this. Formatting and uploading to Kindle and Createspace is free. If you can afford to do so, you can hire someone to format for you, but it really is something you can do for yourself–for free. When I self-published The Fifth Circle, I had a deep-seated fear of formatting, but after giving it a try, I found out it’s not only doable, but one of the easier aspects of publishing.
Here are some formatting tips and tricks I hope will help you:
We all must choose our own paths on our publishing journeys. Self-publishing isn’t the right path for everyone. If you’re seriously considering self-publishing, don’t let the fear of formatting hold you back. If fear is the only thing standing between you and your dream, read on…
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” ~ Vincent van Gogh
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” ~ George Burns
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Confucius
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~ Michael Jordan