My restful days recently have made me feel a heck of a lot better. I think I needed it pretty bad, and with my 10 days off I will try and lock in this positive improvement. While I’m doing that, I am also having yet another look at the self published route.
So here’s a brief history of my history with distribution. I tend to go through a cycle of three stages when it comes to sharing my work. First I go “I should probably care about finding an agent”, and end up going all over the shop, send off about 30 manuscripts, then I hit the second stage, where I remember that “hang on, I am fine with this staying a hobby and this is so much added stress for me right now. I’m good” and I stop.
Then I go “well, I do want to share my work, I don’t care about revenue, why don’t I just self publish/freeshare?” This goes well right up until I find I can’t make a professional cover/marketing strategy – which yes, you do need even when giving things away for free. So I go back to step 2.
I go like a pendulum between 1 to 2 to 3 to 2 to 1 again. It’s, annoying. So I’m trying to listen to a few podcasts on point 3 and see if I am overthinking the whole process. Spoiler – of course I am.