After a lifetime of timidly stowing away my poetry and short stories from the eyes of anyone else, more than a year and a half ago, I started what became the transformation from private to public writing through a fiction blog entitled Of Poets & Heartbreakers, which explores themes such as mental illness and identity in a culturally complex environment.
Today, I continue writing Of Poets & Heartbreakers, but, like summer turns to fall, we grow and change, at first almost imperceptively. And, just like when you realize the colorful leaves of autumn have been falling for weeks, I recently noticed that I am standing at a very different place than I was when I began my blog.
The difference between today and the past is that today, I am no longer scared of rejection. I am no longer embarrassed of what I write. Today, I am finally ready to publish my first book.
But one question trumps me, how do I even go about publishing it? If you’re a novice, like me, then we have a lot to learn together.
If you’re like me, some basic questions you are grappling with are:
- What’s the deal with self-publishing? Am I better off getting a contract with an established publisher, or not?
- If I decide to go through traditional publishing, how do I even approach an agent? How do I know if they’re any good?
- How much success can I really expect from my first book?
- How should I market myself?
As I start answering these questions, I’ll document the different Podcasts & Webinars I’m watching, interviews I’m reading, events I attend, and authors of the genre that I’m learning from on a daily basis.
In that sense, it’s an organic piece, one that starts at the basics and delves into the more complicated as I move in realtime into the final steps of the publishing my book
If you simply want to learn how to blog first, from the initial debate of Blogger vs. Wordpress, and how to write fiction on a daily basis, I also cover the basics through which I created Of Poets and Heartbreakers.
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Thank you for reading and I can’t wait to go on this journey with you.