I have always believed the best way to learn about something is to just do it. You can do your research, which is recommended, but until you start getting your hands dirty all you will have is knowledge without wisdom. Along with experience comes wisdom and right now I feel just a little bit wiser.
I have been writing this blog for over a year and it has become a part of my everyday life. Blogging helps me connect with people when my life is too busy to take time for myself. It is something that is mine and only mine and has, in no small way, changed my life. I am much less anxious and more stable (knock on wood).
Writing and publishing a book seems like a natural progression of this passion for writing I have developed. At first, I tried to talk myself out of it. I am not good enough, I am not smart enough to figure it all out, what if people make fun of me, what if nobody cares? Well, bottom line is none of that really matters except proving to myself that I could indeed figure it out. So I did.
After hours of copying, pasting, picture sizing, and formatting I finally got a version of the book downloaded onto Createspace.com that didn’t have a billion errors. I was so proud when it came back and told me it was suitable to publish. Then it asked if I wanted to upload for Kindle.
After hours of copying, pasting, picture sizing, reformatting for Kindle I finally got a clean copy there. Needless to say, I am now a published Author. I think I should feel something at this point but all I really feel is relief. Relief I did it, and relief that I have something to show for the writing I have spent so much of my time doing.
I am not really going to ask my friends to buy the book because…well, it’s poetry. I am not sure who actually purchases poetry but if you do, please write a review for me. The title can now be found on Amazon: Paper back version Darker Side of Night. ebook version Darker Side of NIght
Since I now know how to publish myself I may be doing several more. The books are really just hard copy snapshots of this blog. I know you get to see it all free here and I don’t plan on changing that. I have been thinking of making a few minor changes you probably won’t even notice.
I have decided to keep writing on my blog but anything I publish will be removed as it is used. However, I think I want to focus on duets here because after all it has become my favorite part of writing, which means I can save some never before seen poetry for the books.
If anyone is interested in the things I learned in self publishing and if I get enough interest I will write a blog on what I did. For now I will leave you with a few mistakes I made. First, I forgot about Title and Copyright pages lol. And second, pictures are a pain and the arse to insert.
This post is perfect for the Daily Prompt: Can’t Get Enough because my addiction is this blog. Clearly, It has become an integral part of my life and I am often times a bit OCD about getting something published everyday. I am so grateful for WordPress and how easy their site is to navigate. Connecting with people has been the best part of blogging and they make it easy. Thank you WordPress.