Sunny here: Caitlin Hensley comes to us from her blog Pen Over Sword to chat about her experience with self publishing. If you'd like to guest post on SOI, feel free to send me an email and we can talk about ideas. Let's give a warm virtual round of applause to Caitlin!
For about two months, I kept reading my books, editing them endlessly. I lost my writing spark, because I was just rewriting the same five books over and over, and creating nothing new.
Then I thought of self-publishing. Why not publish PL that way? It might be a lot of work, but at least I could reach potential readers and allow them to meet Haily and all the rest.
So I researched, asked questions, and polished PL. I set the release date for March 6, 2013, which gave me a deadline. I learned how to design a cover, format the interior pages, and how to market and promote my work.
I published through CreateSpace and KDP, both of which looked challenging at first, but weren't actually as bad I expected.
And so, finally, after writing PL’s first draft six years earlier, and learning as much about self-publishing as I could, I became a published author.
Being an indie writer isn’t easy. Every time I decide to publish a new book, I have to design the entire book myself, promote it on my own, and edit until the book is ready for its release. As long as you don’t mind doing all that on your own, I definitely recommend self-publishing. It’s fun, and, of course, there’s the added bonus of being able to reach for a book on my shelf, crack open the front cover, and see Haily’s world stretching out before my eyes.
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below. And thanks, Sunny, for having me on your blog! :)
Caitlin Hensley has been telling stories since she learned to hold a pen, and is pretty much obsessed with writing. When not typing frantically on her laptop, she’s usually clogging, catching up on reruns of her favorite TV shows, or getting lost in a great book. By day, she’s currently attending a two-year program to become certified in graphic communications, and at night, teaches classes on blogging at a nearby college. Caitlin lives in rural Oklahoma with her family and a slightly nutty Chihuahua.