The Art of Patience

The waiting game once you finished your book can test your patience. The rush of turning that “some day I’m going to write a book” is still pumping through your veins once you hit the final approval button with your publisher. All kinds of thoughts float through your mind. You dream of the best seller list but what if you don’t have the power of big publishers promoting your work? You realize the work has just begun. Writers who are entering the self-publishing world or online publishing I would recommend taking a look at their publishing packages. Yes, it can feel like they are trying to suck out every dollar left in your wallet but it can be worth it. As an artist and an author, I don’t have extra time to spare. It can take hours or days to upload my own work onto the online market or transfer everything into an ebook. So, I researched my options and paid a few extra dollars to have the self-publishing company do everything for me. I will warn you. All of this took time. It took 3-6 months to see my book on Barnes and and on Amazon. What I make as author changes dramatically by being on those other sites but it’s better than leaving my book on the shelf and hoping someone will take a look at it. After all my events and experiences, I realize no one else is going to put my book in the hands of the readers. Attending and booking live events have turned out the best results but being able to direct people to a site where they already have an account and login can have positive results. Some people in my family, who shall remain nameless are computer challenged, yet I discover they found a way to open an amazon account or download ebooks. Some people may be interested in your book but they may not want to open another account a new site. It’s best to make access to your award worthy novel easy for them. Is my work at the number one spot yet? No, but at least my talking about writing a novel and having it in stores has come true. Hey, it’s an accomplishment for someone who’s always had a pile of manuscripts tucked away in a corner. One of them was finally made it out of my own pile. ~ Mahieu


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