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Journey to self-published, Part 6 – The End?

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

No, not the end…just the beginning apparently. It’s official, I’m published, and anyone, anywhere can purchase the novel I worked so hard on. But now…how do I let everyone know it’s there?

I’m afraid I don’t have any easy answers for this one, nor is this a complete story. The journey is ongoing, and will be for years to come. I know what I’ve accomplished is small, but it’s significant to me, and I know I’m in this for the long-haul. I’ve developed some incredible online friends with Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and so on, and they’ve all given me so much help. It’s now time for me to jump into self-promotion with both feet.

It’s busier than I ever imagined, trying to get my name, and the book’s name, out there. I’ve already gotten a couple dozen sales, which looking back on where I was a month ago seems amazing. The bottom line is, I love what I’m doing, and I want to be able to do it for the rest of my life!

If you are, or were in, or will be in, in the same boat as I am, won’t you join me? Follow along as my journey continues – subscribe to my blog, follow me online. I hope I won’t bore you to tears.

-Steve Umstead…Author.




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  1. Ellie
    February 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Oh wow – congrats on becoming published! There are so many people who are snobish towards self publishing, they think it is too easy. It isn’t, not at all.

    What are your marketing plans? Have you set yourself a sales target?

    I am currently writing a guide to assisted self publishing – it is about knowing when to turn for help, we can’t do everything.

    My biggest hurdle at the moment is figuring out the title. I have been stuck on this one for ages, once I figure that, there will be no stopping me.

    Look forward to hearing what happens next.

  2. February 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you! My opinion is that the first part of self-publishing an ebook was easy…formatting, outputting, uploading, seeing it on the screen. But that’s not even half of the overall process, and this is absolutely the hardest part. No regrets, I’d never trade this for a year+ of sending query letters or a possible measly advance.

    No sales numbers goals, although I have read some incredible stories of people who are being successful and I can dream. I just want to be able to ‘move enough product’ for me to be able to shift into this full-time, and do what I really enjoy doing.

    Thanks for following along, I appreciate the comments!

  3. February 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Steve, great blog and an inspiration to all of us with big writing & publishing dreams. Congrats on getting your book on the market and best of luck with it all.

  4. February 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing your journey, my friend. As I’ve already mentioned, it is inspiring to read the steps someone ahead of me takes. It helps us keep our eye on the prize while reminding us of the satisfaction accomplishing the task will bring. You are an excellent writer, sir. Keep doing what you are doing, and remember your words are now being read. To me, that is the greatest feeling a writer can have – knowing the story that originated inside one’s head has been disseminated into the mind of others. Congratulations, Steve!

  5. February 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm


    It really does seem like the never-ending journey, but one down and, promotion aside, now you can look forward to numbers two, three and four.

    I’ll subscribe and follow along. Paul is right, it’s inspiring to watch those treading the path before us, and comforting to know we are all in this together.

    Congrats again, Steve!

  6. R.A. Evans writes...
    February 28, 2011 at 8:45 am

    It’s great to see a fellow-writer finding their way. You and I have a lot in common, Steve and I am glad we connected. I’ve read Gabriel’s Redemption for a second time now and think its AMAZING!

    Congratulations on all of your success!

  7. February 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Thanks guys, really appreciate the comments! Now I’m trying to balance promoting book one with getting to writing book two. One of the best ways to get a name out there, and have more validity as a new author, is to have more than one novel for sale.

    Appreciate the follows, I hope to make your time worthwhile!


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