One thing we hear repeatedly from those new to self-publishing is that they often hold back because they are afraid – afraid of using an unfamiliar platform; afraid of perceived complicated formatting specifications, or afraid to put themselves ‘out there’ for a reading audience.
There are probably as many different reasons as there are writers who have contemplated — but have yet to take the initial plunge – in joining the Amaz-ing self-publishing revolution that is Kindle.
Even concerns such as “people might not think I’m a REAL writer if I self-publish” can quickly be squashed by studying Kindle success stories. Several authors found such prosperity that they even chose to bypass offers from traditional publishers who came calling after the writers found their initial success.
But don’t take my word for it – here’s a quote from John Locke (the first author to reach a million sales on Kindle):
“Technology leveled the playing field. Through e-books, self-published authors have the opportunity, for the first time, to compete with the big name authors.”
So get out of your comfort zone, and hop onto the self-publishing bandwagon instead. There’s always room for one more on the road to the best-seller’s list!
And if you’d like to learn more about John Locke and his amazing transformation as a later-in-life writer (he didn’t start publishing until the age of 58!), here’s his guide on how he did it: