Who knew they’d be this many decisions to make

Some days I’m overwhelmed with the tweaks and decisions and tweaks to the decisions needed to publish a book. Even a small children’s book.

Writing a book is hard but I’m beginning to believe the hard part is just starting once the publishing begins.

So many decisions, so many choices, and so many mistakes before a book is published. The last one I’m trying to keep to a minimum.

Editors, cover, designers, oh my.

I feel like Dorothy tiptoeing down the yellow brick road in the land of Oz.

To publish or self publish, with an agent or without? Those are the questions. (Ah the old Bard slipped in.)

If you thought the writing took forever, take a deep breath, grab a snack and settle in for the publishing and promoting.

To market, to market to sell a new book. (Getting a bit punchy.)

Getting a book “out there” is not for the faint of heart. I’m re-learning the definition of perseverance.

I’ve spent as much time reading and researching how and where to publish as I did writing the book.

Misery loves company, so I thought I’d share just a few articles in case y’all need something to read. After all, what’s a friend for? 

Ask ALLi Member Q&A: Your Self-Publishing Questions answered by Joanna Penn and Orna Ross Tuesday October 27th

8 Steps to Write and Publish Your Book by 

The 12-Step Program to Successful Self-Publishing – the talk and slide show by Susan M. Toy thanks to CHRIS THE STORY READING APE’S BLOG

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published by

And these are just the tip of the iceberg!

However, at some point, it’s time to bite the bullet and let it go.

I’m almost there.

What do you think? Got any good tips on publishing?

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8 thoughts on “Who knew they’d be this many decisions to make

  1. I agree. I had to do some deep soul-searching about why I write and what I wanted to get out of it after my small publisher went out of business just before my book was to be published. I chose to go the indie e-book route after that; glad I did, but I also found I dislike promoting the book…so much that it would stop me writing. I am fortunate enough not to need to make money from my writing, so after much consideration I chose to keep the publicizing to a minimum and make my work available on multiple platforms, some free, to reach as wide an audience as possible. My pleasure comes from creating a world and characters, and having them work through their dilemmas. I think you have to be very sure of what it is you want from writing and from publication, and that’s a personal decision for each of us.


    1. So true, I came to the decision a long time ago I wouldn’t make a fortune this way. But I like you enjoy the craft. I think it will nice to get something published. Do you put some of your stuff on Wattpad?


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