Does Publishing Frighten Me?

My decision to pursue going from writer to published author (albeit e-published and not “fronted a boatload of money for the eventual delivery of my fabulous story idea” published) a couple years ago has been an interesting journey for me.

I’ve written all my life. I’ve either authored or been part of a group (ugh, what a bad idea) that has authored many lots of technical papers for work. Specifications, operating instructions, process descriptions, procedures, standards, etc. Along the way, I’ve written short stories, poetry and drafted ideas for full length novels. However, I’ve never actually written a story longer than a few thousand words (well, except for once when I was trying to come up with the best self-evaluation ever).

One of the things I wanted to do when I made my career transition was nurture this spark I thought I had into a bit more of a blaze. I’ve been at it now for almost two years and am finally in the first round of editing my first novel. There has been a tremendous learning curve (and I’m afraid I’m still very low on it) and I’ve looked to friends new and old for inspiration and encouragement to get this far. A small handful of people got me here. As I come down the final stretch that handful has become less active, but they hold no lesser sway on my thoughts.

So I’m thinking now that the story is on paper it’s mostly done, right?

Wrong. Oh. So. Wrong.

How do I edit all, or at least the vast majority, of the spelling, usage and grammatical errors out of my manuscript? Who do I find that will help me do this without pay and, maybe more importantly, without laughing? How do I make sure it’s formatted in such a way that it doesn’t distract from the story itself to simply try to read it?

There are almost 800 new titles and editions published daily in the U.S. alone. How do I get someone to pick mine up and want to read it, let alone pay something for it? That translates to good cover art and a catchy title, for a start. And of course there is the job of publishing. I’ll probably never hold a paper copy of this first book in my hands, but at least the digital age has enabled basically anyone with something to say to be able to get their book published. Then back to the question of how to get someone to pick it up and purchase it and read it. This time the answer is marketing.

So, basically I have to edit, format, get cover art produced, find a catchy title, publish in one or more formats (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, e-Book, etc.) and market until I feel like a repetitious badger.

About Bob

Bob has been a writer all his life. He has had to do many other things to buy groceries and make his car payments, but most of these things have involved writing, in one genre or another.
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4 Responses to Does Publishing Frighten Me?

  1. Dannyboy Lee says:

    I’m so very proud of you dear! I hope all your dreams will come true! I can help proofread it! I’ll read one chapter at a time during my scarce free time. And look for grammatical errors if there’s any!

    • Bob says:

      Well, there are certainly plenty of grammar issues, but I’m also interested in your feedback on the story itself. I’m always open to your inut!

  2. Tracy Nickelsen says:

    Hey…as an admin (and your older sister) for almost 40 years, proofreading, grammar and sentence structure were my specialties! I’d be happy to help with any part of your publishing! Just ask me, I’ll make the time. By the way, you weren’t inspired by our made-up stories when we played, “Passport to Adventures,” were you? I wonder….

    • Bob says:

      Well, first I must say that you’ve been my sister for more than 40 years…second, you might want to read some of the other snippets on my website that pertain to this story before you volunteer to read the entire thing, lol!