Given that I launched 50 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make and 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make as eBooks over three and two years ago respectively, those polite students and readers who have been waiting patiently for their release as print books probably deserve an explanation.
The best I can offer is that I had loosely planned to complete four eBooks — the two for beginner writers already published, and another two for intermediate and established writers — and, once finished, I would combine the four into a bumper ‘200 Mistakes’ compendium which I’d publish as a paperback.
I don’t normally ‘do’ personal, but briefly, since the publication of the second Mistakes book, I lost my father, having lost one of my closest friends just weeks before, and since then, many projects have been parked, or at best put into first gear.
I have ticked along, then, but at a much slower pace, with occasional stops and restarts.
I have felt reinvigorated in recent months for a few reasons.
First, my publisher has recently sold the imprint for which I have authored four health books to a much larger, well-known publisher, which could open the door for more opportunities and boosts in sales.
Second, I have just weeks ago finished and self-published a very niche allergy book (here if you’re interested), which would have been far too recherché for any publisher to take on, but which has taken off as an independently published title — and boasts sales well into the hundreds already.
This authoring news has made me keen and happy. For the first time in some years I feel back in the saddle. So much so, that I have now started work earnestly on the third Mistakes book, and, perhaps more importantly, I’ve lightly updated the first two, and issued them as individual paperbacks through Kindle Direct Publishing.
There is something very satisfying about publishing your own work in this way. You get a decent slice of the profit pie, of course, but there’s also the pleasing independence of the endeavour, the thrilling responsibility that sits solely on your shoulders for a book’s success or failure, the freedom to do as you wish, from start to finish, without answering to anybody.
Is self-publishing the way of the future … or at least, my future? Perhaps it is.
Can any of you see yourselves one day following suit?
50 Mistakes Beginner Writers Make and 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make are available in paperback from Amazon at £4.99 / $6.49.