As it happens, learning to write a novel was only my first step. Now it’s time to look ahead to publishing. I’m brand new to publishing, I freely admit that. However, I do love to learn new skills. I have options and time, so I’ll use both to put out the best books I can.
Formatting everything won’t be a problem. There are all kinds of guides out there, including templates. If I self-publish through certain routes, the guides tell me everything I need to know to set up my books and create cover art. I do enjoy the ability to control my work, so there is some appeal to that route. I don’t mind a smaller readership that will result, compared to a traditional publisher.
On the other hand, there’s a lot to be said for publishers, too. They have resources I do not, and might be able to put out a better printed book than I can.
I’ll spend some time and decide how to proceed, and learn what I need to know to get a quality book out. I write because I love my characters and certain ideas, and I want to protect them. I write because I have to, not because I want to be famous. My characters live in me and through my writing. I wish to share them for others to enjoy as well. For me, publishing is more about sharing than about being a professional writer.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot to go and learn!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.