In my search to become a more known person digitally, I came across this video hosted by author Ann Eckhart. You can find her blog at seeannsave.com. Ann is a nonfiction author I discovered by looking around ways to better market my book and get people to read it. Actually, my new goal is to make my book free in order to get people to read it, review it and create a following.
The video interested me because Ann explained how most of us self-published authors are likely to fail.
Yes. I know.
But, she goes on to ask what she believes are four important questions you should ask yourself to find out if self-publishing is for you.
I decided to answer the questions:
1. Do you like English Language Arts and are good at it?
English is not my native language, and yet I am very good at it. I studied my Masters in the United States and communicate efficiently with anyone. Also, for a while I was the English Language teacher for a third grade class. I've had to study English in order to be successful at my job and, when it comes to writing, I feel more comfortable doing it in English. I also scored high on the SAT, I hope that counts for something.
2. Are you an avid reader?
Yes, I am. I love to read. I read fiction, mostly, and I like reading different genres. I read every day and I have a long list of books I want to read. I will never stop reading.
3. Were you already a writer?
My answer is yes to this question, too! I started writing in college. I started writing fanfiction (about the Vampire Chronicles) and then I began writing my own original stories. Right now I have written about 50 stories (some long, some short) and feel very protective of them.
4. Will you be happy even if your book doesn't sell?
Definitely. I will be all right. Although, wouldn't it be nice if other people enjoyed my stories just like I enjoy them? That sure is the dream... at least it's mine.
Thanks for reading!