Wishy and Also Washy

I don’t know what to do, you guys. Please, allow me to spill out my insecurities for you all like so many insubstantial packing peanuts.

The source of my angst is my writing. Or, rather, what to do with my writing. Did you know that Amazon has become a kind of publisher all their own, making it possible for writers to publish their own stuff and sell it on Amazon, without going the traditional self-publishing route of paying to print 1,000 copies of your book and hoping they all sell?

Well, they have really stepped it up. The Internet is making the democratization of publishing possible, and I’m vacillating between riding that wave and sticking with making traditional publishing work for me.

The Amazon thing is mighty tempting. People could buy my book in book or eBook format, and it would have a cover and ISBN number and everything. The only drawback is, I’d have to do all the marketing. Whether my book sinks or swims is entirely dependent on how well I market it and whether or not people want to read it.

And therein lies my angst. I’m not averse to pounding the pavement, spreading the word to anyone and everyone that my book is out there. What I am averse to is my book being out there…And no one caring.

Oh, I have nightmares about that. Of being self-deluded enough to think my writing is ready to be made public only to have most people think it’s Amateur Hour. Of my book mouldering away on Amazon with no one buying it. Of having concrete, absolute proof that my writing sucks.

If my insecurities were packing peanuts, I have reason to believe I could fill a reasonably large swimming pool with them providing it wasn’t too windy outside.

8 thoughts on “Wishy and Also Washy

  1. Go for it on Amazon! I know a couple of people at CBC who have done it and could put you in touch if you’re interested. They did smaller, non-fiction stuff, but seem to be pleased with the way it turned out.

  2. -Tim, Thanks for the encouragement! I’m glad to hear you know people who’ve had success with Amazon, if I get up the courage I think I’ll definitely take advantage of Amazon’s programs!

  3. If you want to make it available both physically and electronically, publish through Lulu.com! Ben and I published a cookbook as a Christmas present for our families, and some people ended up buying more copies as well: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/fork-in-the-road/14364521. Working through Lulu was such a great experience, and the quality of the physical book is beyond our expectations.

  4. -Lisa, I’ve heard great things about Lulu.com, so glad to know I have an honest-to-goodness real life recommendation!

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