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I self published my book!

Updated on June 5, 2016

why I chose self publishing

Most "big" publishers are too busy to take a serious look at a new writer. They want the sure bet. That's why I decided to self-publish my first book. Well, it's the first in a series. My plan is simple: Write the series, self publish the series, then after I've completed that I'll have something to show the "big" publishing companies when I want to work on my next book or series.

There have been statistics out there that say even the best self published books barely generate 100 to 200 sales. That's not dollars, that's purchases. Depending on what you've set your price at, you are looking at a pretty small income with that number of sales. But that's okay. The point is that I can now proudly announce to the world that I am, in fact, a published author!

It's free to do, so there is no risk out of pocket. That's a big deal for those who are just starting out. If you search around there are a number of them out there. I chose to go with Lulu because I like the way they are set up best. It's easy to work through their program and get up and running in a very short period of time.

I will be completely responsible for the promotion of my book, since I went this rout, but that's okay too. My goal isn't to get on the best sellers list (yet). My goal is to get out there and show myself that this is something I can do!

What's it about?

Without giving too much away; it's called: The Vanaheim Chronicles: The Forest Healer (unedited edition). It is the first of the series. It's fantasy fiction (my favorite style of writing). Set on a different world, in a different time. It is a world filled with magic and mystical creatures during the time of a great war. There is a secret being kept in the Nylack Forest of the existence of a creature that isn't supposed to exist.

You'll be introduced to many wonderful characters who all share in the protection of their secret and just why it is so important to keep it hidden from the outside world. Filled with adventure, drama, intrigue, and suspense with a few unexpected twists that leave you on the edge of your seat; this book is amazing!

Self Promotion Plans:

If you're like me and you need to start small with your promotions; here's what my plans are:

I share with my friends and family (obviously), through word of mouth and social networking. There are a number of them who are very excited and proud that I've gotten this far with my book. I tell them that when they purchase the paperback copy I would be happy to autograph it for them. Since this is the unedited version, it isn't going to be on sale for long, making it rare. Once I get it edited I'll remove this version and replace it with the edited one.

Having a first edition, unedited copy of The Vanaheim Chronicles: The Forest Healer is going to be a spectacular collectors item! Why? Because I believe in myself and my talents as a writer. This is what I was born to do!

After it has been edited and revised, I will be going to local libraries to donate a few copies and talk about what it takes to hold a book signing there. There is also a local book store that sells new and used books that I plan on talking to as well about doing a book signing at.

As long as you believe in yourself and keep at it, anything is possible! I am a firm believer in the law of attraction and I have such an amazing feeling about where this is going, there really is no doubt in my mind that this is going places!

What's next?

As the universe would have it, the day I posted on my social site that I finally got it published, my brother (who lives in another country) contacted me to tell me that he would like to look it over because he has friends in the publishing industry!

I sent him a copy to look over. He'll be sharing it with his contacts to see what they think of it as well. Now I have another friend who is completely addicted to reading anything and everything she can get her hands on. She's a very frank, very honest person who hates to sugar coat things. In her opinion she thinks that I have what it takes. She's actually the first person to read this book in it's raw form.

She told me that if I ever got around to getting published that I would go straight to the top because I write like no one else she's ever read! After she finished reading it she called me to say she needs me to get to work on the second book of the series because she is hooked. She loved it!

You might be thinking, yeah, well, she's your friend. Of course she's going to say that. Believe what you want, because I know that she's being honest. I also believe in myself and I have a fantastic feeling about this.

So what's next? Who knows! Maybe my brother's contacts will want to get in touch with me and sign a book deal! Maybe my self - published book will take off like wild fire just from the friends and family who buy it and tell others about it. Maybe by this time next year you'll be flipping through the stations on your television and see me being interviewed on a talk show. There is no limit to where things might go or what could happen next.

All I know is that I did it, I'm doing it. I'm making my dreams come true step by step.

Have a fantastic day & thanks for stopping by. Follow your dreams & never let anyone tell you they aren't good enough! You are an amazing person and you deserve to have all of your dreams come true!


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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Can you give us an update in your Hubpages article on how the book is doing, what advertising or marketing is working best for you? I think the blogging is a great idea, the metrics behind your techniques would be useful. I am considering epublishing, but am unsure of the best methods to get the word out. Free of course is my first choice, paid advertising is good to understand too. Thank you.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      I'm doing much of the same as you, the difference is I haven't yet officially published my book per say, I been doing it piece by piece here on Hubpages, and it feels good to finally sit back and focus on piecing it all together for once, so I do know how you feel.

      I'm using Blogspot to promote it all, and its doing good there thus far, maybe try to do that as well if you are looking to appeal to a massive audience about your book. They are ranked in the top 20 websites online as per Quantacast, and bring in tons of web traffic for us bloggers there.

      Just try to keep posting consistently day after day on blogspot, maybe provide others tips about self publishing, writing etc... Good luck! and I love the motivation you have, your book will be successful in due time if you keep pressing on.

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      A dream of mine is to publish and I have always assumed I would do it myself. It's great to hear about someone who has published their own work, congrats on being a published author!

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      AngPow 4 years ago from North Cali

      I am very excited for you. This is awesome news! Congratulations.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's exciting stuff! I'd like to do the same thing, and this hub encourages me. Sometimes new writers just have to get their stuff out there!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      This was an interesting read. I mean that I was interested from start to finish. I have considered doing this on and off for some time myself but I have to sit down and do it. Right now I'm focusing on music and several other things but congratulations on getting your book out there. It sounds like one I may even like as I'm a huge science fiction and fantasy fan. Voting this hub up and I want to give you more exposure so I'm sharing too.

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      My wife just finished her first book, but is afraid to publish it. Maybe reading your hub will give her the incentive she needs. Thanks for writing this..........very inspirational!

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      Mom Kat 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much Kathryn Stratford! I really appreciate your kind words :) I do keep my young ones pretty close to ~ I am a mom first & foremost, it was always my most important dream when I was a kid and continues to be my favorite part of being an adult. Dreams come true when you keep them alive in your heart.

      Best wishes to you & thanks again for your comment.

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      Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Congrats on publishing your book. Nowadays, with so much competition in the book industry, it's a good idea to self-publish at the beginning, so you can prove yourself. And when you self-promote, you personally reach out to a lot of people, and by word of mouth (or referrals online) you can end up with quite a few fans! I wish you luck. I am intrigued by your description, as well as your excitement, so when I have the money I hope to buy a copy. It sounds like something my Mom would LOVE, too!

      Off topic, Mom Kat is such a cute user name! I picture a beautiful wildcat staying close to her young ones when I hear that name.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks gmwilliams!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Congratulations on publishing your book. You are an inspiration to us all. May you publish many more books.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you all so much! I really appreciate all of the support & kind words of hope & encouragement :)

      May you all be blessed with all your dreams come true & happiness that takes your breath away each day ~ you're awesome!

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      Tammy Barnette 5 years ago

      Mom Kat, I am sooo happy for you. The series sounds wonderful. Merry Christmas, and here's hoping all your dreams come true:)

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      Aga 5 years ago

      Best of luck with your book!

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      Lisa Ann McNew 5 years ago from Ashland, Missouri

      Your description of the book has me intrigued and I think it is great that you are so fired up. I too am a writer, but my book has been in the works forever and most friends beleive I will never finish it. On here I have started a hub that rates books like movies so readers kind of know what they are getting into. I would love to read your book and rate it here too. I will have to wait till I have the money to buy unless it shows up in my local library, but I look forward to it.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I would love to buy. Congratulation.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      There's a "sneak peak" over at lulu... I think it's like the first 6 pages or so.

      Thanks SandCastles!

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      SandCastles 5 years ago

      Good Job Mom Kat!

      You should post a snippet of your book so people can get a sample (like they do on Amazon-see inside this book).

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Good luck.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks innerspin! I am totally fired up :) How could you tell... lol

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      Kim Kennedy 5 years ago from uk

      Well done on publishing your book, wishing you success with the venture. Sounds like you're all fired up!

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much! Good luck on your plans, I believe in you! Have an awesome day & a super holiday season!

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      darkstarwolf 5 years ago from Sebastapol

      I too plan on becoming a fantasy\sci-fi writer, and it was a breath of fresh air to experience your energy-infused confidence leap off the page and into my soul. Thank you for the enthusiasm and best of luck! Your outlook on life is mighty contagious!