Soooo after talking about the big decision to self publish. What topic do I go to next? I want to go in order and not just jump into what I’m doing right now. (If you really want to know, I’m formatting. And I’m a perfectionist. That equals trouble. I’ve decided I want a T-shirt with this on the back – <Author/> And I’d wear it proudly.)
I want to talk about research and what to do about all the blogs out there posting about self-publishing. Where do we even start with so many different points of view, prejudices, experiences, and rants?
There are a zillion different ways to approach self publishing and within self publishing a zillion different ways to approach all the different aspects of it. Srsly.
I guess that’s why they say there is no right or wrong publishing route.
Some bloggers are very convincing when they put on the hat of guru and strut their stuff. But there is a somewhat scientific way to approach this other than rock, paper, scissors, shoot. (Though that might work some of the time.)
- Make a list of your goals. Publication? Earning money? Recognition? All that good stuff.
- When you find a blog that seems helpful – look at the blogger’s experience. For example, Kris Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. They’ve both been in the business for years, they’ve both traditionally and self-published. They do their research. And they are respectful. I respect them. I listen to them. But I also take into consideration that they are established and write for a different target audience.
- Look at the facts behind the blog post. Do they have facts? Or is it just opinion based on their experience?
- Take into consideration that blogger’s biases.
- Remember that there are always exceptions.
And here’s the fun part. Pull out the giant measuring scale and put your goals and questions on one side. Now put the seemingly convincing opinions of a blogger on the other side.
If you’re still not sure about what to think then keep reading. Do more research. And remember that any conclusion you come to can change and grow over time. I don’t read a blog and then quick change what I’m doing. I read, study, and think about it for weeks.
And this isn’t just for self-publishing. This could be about blogging, marketing, social media, or how to bake the perfect cheesecake. (Yes, I’ve moved on from the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I’ve never made cheesecake! Never! Feel free to leave recipes or secret tips in the comments.)
Do you find all the crazy amounts of information out there maddening or helpful?
And the winners of Heather McCorkle’s Born of fire are Sarah Pearson and Sheri Larson!