by Alison Clifford
I came across the piece below in a blog post from ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors). There is a stigma attached to self-publishing, though it is beginning to fade as more and more indie authors prove that it's not purely about ego, and more about the desire to share. There are indie authors on best-seller lists, and several top-level authors are now self-publishing books as well as using traditional publishers.
This is wonderful pep talk for all indie authors and those thinking of self-publishing.
This piece is from the blog post Successful Indie Authors 2016: Part One, by Orna Ross, December 31, 2016 (a link to the full blog post is at the bottom).
'Indie Authors: Knowing And Owning What We’re Doing
Is it vanity to publish your own work? Wanting to write and publish certainly has ego in it, part of the struggle by the self for recognition, its wish to insist: I’m here. This is what I think and feel. Here’s what most matters to me.
In the doing, though, in the day-to-day hard work of meeting one creative challenge after another, the cry of the ego becomes something else. The creative process, what it asks of us, transforms us.
We start out doing it for ourselves and end up realizing we’re also doing it for everyone.
We need to understand this, to know what it means to be a creative, to recognize that the joy is not in the opinion of the worldly world, but in the act of writing and publishing itself. In the serving of our readers, the best way we can.
Comprehending our deepest motivations for writing helps us to hold the creative space where the magic of great writing, and great publishing, can happen.
Sure, lots of people don’t understand self-publishing, not yet. Maybe, despite our best efforts, they never will.
But the critics and nay-sayers and haters can only hurt us to the degree that we agree with them. We all have moments where we think the worst of our work but we cannot live from there if we are to get up in the morning and do what must be done to get another book out.'
Read the full post here: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/successful-self-publishing-2016-1/
The ALLi blog is one of my favourites. There is a link to it on the Write Mind Resources page.
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