A Journey’s Time

October 17, 2013

I am a self published author. This is also known as an independent/indie author as I’m not tied to one of the large publishing houses. In other words, I manage all the work, fill every role, and carry the burden of both success and potential failure on my shoulders daily. I’ve had to learn the ins and outs of operations, publishing, marketing, finance, and everything in between. I also get front row seats to the frustrations, set backs, disappointments, and complexities involved in delivering my work of creative expression to readers.

Before putting pen to paper, I’d read numerous books/articles/blog posts regarding life after writing since most people think it gets easier once the book is written and edited. However, any author that’s taken the indie path can tell you the minute after a book is finished is when the heavy lifting truly kicks off. Actually, if the person has learned any lessons along the journey, they’d know the heavy lifting should have started long before the final words were written. That’s the beauty of playing every part and managing the work. This process is so integrated you can’t approach it in a linear fashion. So many things have to be done and there’s a very limited amount of time in which to do them.  Which brings me to a key point-Being entrepreneurial not only teaches you a lot about whatever subject/industry you’re trying to master but it also forces a mirror up to your face and shows you a thing or two about yourself. Whatever ideal world lives in your head totally dissipates once you’re in a situation where every shortcoming and flaw you have are magnified. Worse, those flaws overtake you/your new enterprise before you realize what’s happening.

No one has ever found success through laziness

For those that don’t know, I’m currently on a sabbatical from my corporate gig in an effort to travel the world, reconnect with family & friends, and do a lot of writing. Well one of the biggest mirror-facing moments occurred when I realized I didn’t have a large (built-in) multifunctional team around me to help do the work. Translation – I can’t procrastinate. I have to take notes, write to-do lists, and stay on top of every email, call, follow-up, etc because I determine success or failure by the things I do and don’t do. There are some things on which I work with others. For instance, Marie Morrison is the cover and interior designer for my eBook and upcoming print book and she’s amazing! However, sometimes the journey still feels a bit overwhelming and lonely. Fantasizing about a dream is much more comfortable than actually trying to accomplish it. Maybe that’s why so many people think rather than do.

Overall, I am enjoying this indie process and learning more than I ever imagined. I’ve met some amazing people and it has become clear that while the team isn’t ready-made, it’s available. Other writers, reviewers, and entrepreneurs are waiting and willing to provide helpful tips/advice, connect me with others, support my work, and do everything in between to assist my aims for success. We make verbal promises we wouldn’t dare renege on and use bartering as currency. Many of them are more consistent than friends and family and remind me of the selfless nature of people.

It’s only been a couple of weeks and I’m sure I’ll have more to say as things progress but for right now, I’m inhaling the pros and cons of my path and accepting the possibilities of my journey. Stay tuned!

-HAVE YOU READ: “GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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