by : Madeline Rosenberg
I never dreamed I could publish my own book. It sounded too good to be true. There are so many amazing books on Amazon that from self-published authors, which show you how much potential we can have. I have learned so much in the book business within the past year. My advice to an aspiring author would be don’t do it for the paycheck – do it for the PASSION. Self-publishing is tough work, especially if you’re your own publicist and formatter, which I am.
The most surprising thing I have learned is negative reviews can actually help you grow into a better writer. I have read reviews that made me remember why I wrote Hot Mess in the first place. My first negative review made me cry! Best review I have ever had? Hot Mess being compared to 7th Heaven and Degrassi, both my favorite shows!
Hot Mess took me three years to write. It was a therapeutic experience that allowed me to express myself however I wanted. I was able to use my own life experiences and write a story about characters who are on the journey to finding themselves. Don’t we all want to find true love without compromising our own identity? Hot Mess deals with characters that have issues. It’s messy, vulnerable, and heartbreaking. Self-publishing was the perfect outlet for me to be able to connect with so many different authors and fans. My second novel of the Tragic Love Series is currently in the works. I love creating characters that bring the story to life.
Hot Mess audible is coming out soon and I can’t wait to share it with everyone! Audio books are a great tool for people who suffer during long car rides, like myself. It’s important to support other authors and not compete with them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! So many authors have provided me with such helpful advice and feedback. It’s every self-published author’s dream to become the next Colleen Hoover or Abbi Glines. I admire how fast they publish books and how many followers they have. It takes hard work – but it’s worth it once you have that paperback book in your hands!!!
Self-publishing is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have no deadlines and have much more freedom to do what I want with my stories. On the other hand, traditional publishers get books in the book store and promote for you. It’s definitely a trade off, but I am happy with the choice I made. Remember one thing: don’t make a writer angry, otherwise you may end up in their next book!