As much as self-published authors would love a publishing contract, many of us are too busy to pursue this venue, especially when it takes time to draft letters to agents. The act of putting a presentation together sometimes overshadows the time it takes to write the book itself. Even after scrutinizing every word of my pitch, I would get annoyed because it still wasn’t good enough. The best thing putting together a query letter ever did was give me focus, and that is something I recommend.

Always being one to suffer from impatience not laziness, I sent two query letters to agents and then gave up satisfied that the one positive response I received (It said, great book idea, but I’m booked). I decided that my first novel was going to be published by me because the query letters and materials were wearing me out. It’s not that self-published authors crave control. Speaking for myself, I would love to have help putting marketing campaigns together, who wouldn’t? Furthermore, who wouldn’t want a publicist? As an author, I self-published because I didn’t have time for the word “no” and the hours that (for all I know) could be wasted so I went it alone.

For me, DIY publishing was the route I decided to go because I knew I could do it. I’m already a graphic designer and an artist. So check those items off of the qualifications list. The one thing I don’t have much of is time.

For example, recently, my marketing efforts soon began eclipsing the time spent working on books. Websites such as Book Goodies, Author Marketing Club and World Literary Forum (the list goes on!) are a tremendous help. I have streamlined my process quite a bit, but it has become impossible to cover all the bases. Because I am always looking forward, I get distracted easily! I think it’s good to just go with your instincts sometimes. Whatever I do, I don’t compare my work with other authors or even view their presentation during the publishing process if I can avoid it. I don’t want to be influenced at all. The best thing about creativity is that it’s yours. It doesn’t have to be appreciated by everyone in the world, that would be impossible. Experimenting is useful, and don’t overlook those in your own circle who will enjoy your work.

Good luck DIY Publishers!
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