Being a published Author is a dream for many and the book publishing landscape has changed tremendously making it easier for people to publish a book both print and digital. While there is a significant difference between self-publishing and being published through a reputed publishing house, self-publishing is here to stay with more writers who will continue to self-publish.
One of the biggest difference people call out is that self-publishing lacks the marketing muscle power that the big publishing houses have. This however should not be a deterrent to you because when barrier of entry is reduced it is natural that the competition to become successful will become more severe.
It is a fact that there is so much self-publishing happening and being noticed within that commotion is a challenge, but what every writer has in hand at their disposal is the power of the internet to reach and be noticed. The channels to sell over internet is also immense.
If you have a book written, you can have it available on Amazon.com, you can use their network as well as your social network and targeted advertising to take it to people. You can begin with local marketing and events and then expand. There are so many avenues to be noticed, it just takes time and effort.
What I don’t want to do is to say that you can just write and publish and you will find readers. No you won’t. It takes time and effort. But that time of sending manuscripts and waiting for approval or rejection can be eliminated, you can take charge and if you believe in what you have to tell and you have time to invest, you can be happy with your effort and the results of it. A best seller is everyone’s wish, but before becoming a best seller you need to get your work out there to buy… The point is you can get it out there faster than ever before.
My personal recommendation would be to start writing, get a mentor who can work with you and build your way through. Find a niche, discuss what interests you and do it
We all know that at some point early in life we learned to read and write. Then we mastered the skill at various levels so we can comprehend, express and communicate in this world. We as a society consider these two skills as primary to grow oneself.
But we have also seen that many people reduce reading as they grow up and many never write seriously at all. Why? The question is something people need to ask themselves. Even if they know that the most evident answer is ‘Lack of Time’.
To Parents I would say that if you have kids and you engage in their learning process and have seen them progress from alphabets to words to sentences to grammar it is apparent that as they enter their teens you also want them to read more and even write more. Knowing that this extra reading and writing has deteriorated for you as you grow; how do you make reading and writing important for your teen. How do you establish that regime way ahead in life and ensure it does not slip away.
It is no more about being literate, it is about constantly reading and writing and contributing to the world of content. In the world of technology one can easily miss out that connection with the word as it used to be earlier. One can also use technology to enhance their reading and writing. There is a way how this can change for you and your teens….
So why should you and your teens Read and Write more. It is simple reading and writing helps in building their imagination, comprehension, expression and communication unlike a TV or any other moving image screen.
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