At one point during a presentation I remembered a time when one of my friends attended a presentation on selling knives. I don’t know if many of you remember seeing commercials in the 90s about amazing knives that could cut through aluminum cans and such. Well my friend interviewed for a job to sell those knives door to door. After the presentation he told his mom all about it and how he could make a ton of dough. His mom put the kibosh on his new career. Who knows, he may have been successful. But she always wanted him to become a doctor, not a door-to-door salesman.
Now, I’m not saying that self-publishing is comparable to selling utensils that are more powerful than Superman. What I’m wondering is, are these companies making promises that are pie in the sky? Sure, we’ve all heard about success stories of authors who couldn’t find a publisher and then self-published and made millions.
This posting sounds like I am bashing self-published authors and I would like to state that I’m not. In fact, I’ve enjoyed many self-published novels. My concern is that people who attend these seminars will come home like my friend, eyes full of hope to make a zillion dollars.
As of now, I am keeping all of my publishing options open and I’m looking into self-publishing, eBooks, and traditional publishing companies. I know that since I am an unknown author I have a difficult road ahead of me. Could self-publishing open the door to more opportunities?
I know that my friend followed his mom’s dreams and became a doctor. And he hates it. Maybe that job could have assisted him in finding a job in business—the career he wanted.
As I wade through all the resources online and the books I purchased to help me pursue my dream it is hard not to get discouraged. Millions of books have been published. How do I get one more out there?
What do all of you think about self-publishing? Is it the wave of the future? Is it the present? Do you read self-published authors? Are you one? Any and all advice or opinions would be appreciated.