As a writer, I know what it feels like to have a book (or two) in you. The toughest part of the process is getting started. Sometimes, it’s discovering what you don’t know about the process of writing a book. That’s why I was completely jazzed to see this workshop hosted by Troy Book Makers at the Boulder Book Store this Thursday.
If you’re holding out for a traditional, big house publisher for your book idea, let me offer you a few things to think about. A few things this workshop might help you work through as well.
- Embrace the Indie book store: Book stores like Boulder Book Store and The Tattered Cover, icons in the Front Range, love local authors. Indie book stores have programs to help self-published authors get their books seen. Just ask. You don’t need a big publisher to be in a book store.
- Self publishing has its perks: While book stores are filled with the fruits of labor harvested by and large by traditional publishers — ask us how much money we make for each book sold at full cover price. The answer? Less than a self-published author makes, for sure. You also get to pick your editors, cover art, and how your book will be listed on online sites like Amazon — things traditionally published authors don’t have a say in.
- Taking your time: When you sign on with a traditional publisher, hello deadlines. Doesn’t matter if the book is ready — it’s due. The self-publishing process gives you the leeway to explore your story and make it the best it can be without manufactured deadlines looming.
This event is Thursday evening at 7:30PM at the Boulder Book Store. It’s a voucher event. Vouchers can be purchased for $5 and can be redeemed for $5 off your purchase that evening.
So — about that book you have in you. Ready to do something about it?