Since 4th grade I have viewed myself as a writer. Everything I see ends up on a napkin or notebook in some form of driblet or another. However, there never seemed to be the time to actually complete a piece and follow through with formal presentation. So, I decided to give myself the proverbial kick in the butt and start making time. I have not only set aside time to write, but also research the best publishing/marketing methods.
Thank you David Gaughran for your book, “Let’s Get Digital.” He described the best paths to self publishing and marketing through amazon and smashwords. I took his advise to heart– especially that of just keep writing. However, after taking the time to read through his book and conduct market research, I realized that I will probably need to publish via more traditional routes. I write poetry that lends itself to children’s picture books.
Amazon currently has 8,976 Kindle picture books… I wonder how anyone could find my book if I choose that route. It would be like a shell among the others on a beach. How could I make mine more appealing?
Another option would be to write short fiction/novels around my poetry. Some of my favorite authors include their poetry in their fiction: Madeline L’Engle and Tolkien for one.
Perhaps I am still getting ahead of myself. I need to finish something first!
But now this dream has become a “when” and not an “if” for me; It will happen.