How To Beat The Fear Of Self-Publishing

My friend and fellow author Belinda Pollard recently took the plunge into self-publishing, and she’s here to share her story. Enjoy!

Poison-Bay_OpLast week, I became a self-published author for the first time. An indie. It’s still sinking in that after so many years of yearning to be a novelist, I have a book I can hold in my hand.

You would think that because of my background, I would have nerves of steel about publishing my own work. I have been editing for traditional publishers for decades, and consulting to authors and self-publishers for many years. I have helped press that Publish button dozens of times. I should be cool as a cucumber — calm and confident.

Well, it hasn’t been that way. The sheer terror of captaining my own ship on this project has taken me by surprise. My respect for others who have taken the plunge before me, already high, has increased a hundredfold.

It’s a little embarrassing for me to confess to all this. I decided to share my story not for your sympathy but in the hope that it might help. If fear is holding you back from venturing into self-publishing, maybe some of the things I’ve learned this year could help you overcome it.

My story

I’d been working on my wilderness thriller Poison Bay for more than fifteen years, and seriously for three. I made the decision at the beginning of this year to publish it myself – a big change of direction for the project. (If you want to know why I chose not to continue exploring traditional publication, I’ll be blogging about the reasons over at in coming weeks. And they’re probably not the reasons you’re expecting!)

But my book kept getting sidelined by other more “important” things. I was too busy working on other people’s books, seeing THEIR goals realised instead of my own.

Back in September, I posted an article on my blog encouraging writers to go for their dreams. And with some trepidation, I made the public commitment to self-publish my own debut novel by Christmas.

BelindaWBook_OpAn incredibly stressful three months followed, full of sleepless nights and anxiety and run-run-running to get it all done in time. When the proof copy of the paperback finally arrived at my door last week, I posted a (somewhat dishevelled) photo of me with it to Facebook.

I had a conversation with Molly that went something like this:

Me: Did you notice I’m sitting in front of a Van Gogh print? Curiously appropriate given how MAD I’ve gone in the process of this.

Molly: But I see you still have two ears, so it’s not all gone downhill.

Me: The day is not over yet.

Why is it so scary?

I’ve been pondering why publishing my own book should be so terrifying, and I’ve come up with several answers.

  • Fiction is so personal. My other writing that has been published over the years has all been non-fiction. Fiction is my imagination on paper, a central part of my being, poured out on paper for all to see. When people reject it, even if I’m just imagining them rejecting it rather than the actual event, it feels like they are rejecting ME. I only grasped this one a couple of weeks ago!
  • It’s so hard to know when it’s good enough. In the past, there have been others making the judgement call that my work was ready for the world. Am I at that stage yet? How can I tell? I lost perspective after being buried in it so long.
  • It’s all up to me. When I worked for a publishing house in Sydney, there was a team of us all doing our bit to polish the manuscript, design the book, pull the marketing efforts together. We stood as a team. Doing it alone is incredibly hard. It’s my responsibility, and my fault if anything goes wrong.
  • There’s SO much to do. Editing, page design, cover design, typesetting, formatting to multiple ebook platform requirements, testing ebooks, proofreading, accounts to be established on all the majors, all of which take different amounts of time and get finicky about different things, two print-on-demand systems to wrangle and endless phone calls and emails to try to get them sorted in time, blog posts, social media updates, guest posts, book signings, and on and on and on. Aagh! I felt like I was wrestling a giant deranged octopus, and I’d get one tentacle subdued but there’d still be seven others belting me over the head or trying to strangle me.

The solution

I can’t say I can now wave a magic wand over those pressures and make them all go away. But by trial and error, I have found some techniques to subdue a few of them. And I will be more intentional about applying these methods upfront for my next indie project.

These are my tips from what I’ve learned. The first two are psychological, the second two are practical.

  1. Realize you can’t please all of the people all of the time

I can’t stop my fiction being personal and precious to me. But I can be more realistic about how much it should matter, and whether I should let fear of rejection stop me doing something so important to me.

I finally realized there are 7 billion people on this planet, and they don’t ALL have to like my book for it to be worthwhile. Some of them won’t like it, and THAT’S OK. (I’ve put that in caps not to instruct YOU, but for my own benefit. I need to keep reminding myself! 😉 )

Do you know what I’ve realized? Even if there are just a few people that end up appreciating the results of my imagination, that’s still pretty special.

I’ve already had some affirmation through beta readers among the suggestions for improvement. (I’m a big proponent of using beta readers to critique a manuscript, and I’ve written a series of blog posts about it.)

I’m sure I’ll get some savage reviews – every writer does, even the greats. So when they come, I’ll have to re-read some of the positive comments I’ve received, to help me get balance.

  1. Realize this is the beginning, not the peak

My motto is to aim for excellence, not perfection, because perfection is impossible. But the trouble with aiming for excellence in writing and publishing a novel is that it’s so hard to know when you’ve reached it.

Trying to figure that out was tying me in knots.

I had a revelation some weeks ago: this is my first novel, not my best novel.

In case you’re getting the wrong idea about that, I don’t mean I haven’t tried my best. This is absolutely the best book I could write at this point in my life.

But I intend to grow and improve as a writer. I see this as a career, not a passing fad. And so I have the opportunity to write better books in the future, if I decide I’m not happy with this one.

My copy of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian sci-fi classic, Brave New World, has this piece in the author’s foreword:

“Its defects as a work of art are considerable; but in order to correct them I should have to rewrite the book – and in the process of rewriting, as an older, other person, I should probably get rid not only of some of the faults of the story, but also of such merits as it originally possessed. And so, resisting the temptation to wallow in artistic remorse, I prefer to leave both well and ill alone and to think about something else.”

Yep, Aldous Huxley had regrets about a book that has been listed among the Top 100 novels of all time.

I’m going to look at Poison Bay in the future and think, “Oh no, why did I write it like that??” But while I can’t hope for the stupendous success of Huxley, I have told my future self to follow his excellent example and “leave both well and ill alone and think about something else.”

You wouldn’t believe how much this has taken the pressure off!

  1. Make it a team sport after all

As I gathered people around me to help in the task, I felt it relieving some of the tension.

  • I used beta readers, lots of them. Each one contributed something different to the polishing of the manuscript. But they also lessened the feeling of isolation. They were in it with me.
  • I hired professionals. My editor cost me a lot of money, but she was worth every penny. Not only was the manuscript better for her input, her commitment to the broader goals of my project strengthened me.
  • I networked with my writing buddies. I have met some amazing authors and pre-authors on social media – particularly through Twitter and blogging. I asked them for solutions when I ran into problems, and opinions when I wasn’t sure if a section of the manuscript or my book cover or marketing blurb was working, and sometimes just a listening ear while I whined about how hard it all was. 😉 (Any memories of that, Molly??)
  • I received encouragement from friends. Several of my friends have been very interested in my book. Talking about it with them has helped to sustain my own energy for the project.
  • I was supported by my blog readers. One particularly risky thing I did was to blog about my options for the book cover. (Later, I blogged about trying to make sense of the conflicting feedback!) Not only did this adventure help my eventual cover choices, it also gave me a sense of community. My readers all had different opinions of course, but the bulk of the reactions were so supportive and engaged that it stopped me feeling like a lonely little reed.

We CAN help build that collegiate atmosphere of the publishing house, build a sense of togetherness. “Self” publishing doesn’t have to mean “solo” publishing.

  1. Don’t try to do it all at once

Here’s a thought for you: Did you know that the book launch process we tend to think is necessary developed mostly from the way publishers warehouse books and booksellers order them? Dean Wesley Smith explains some of it in this article debunking the myth that I have to sell a lot of copies very quickly or my book is a failure.

Warehousing and bookseller orders are irrelevant to most indies who are focusing on ebooks, or ebooks + print on demand. We use mostly online bookstores as an interface between us and our readers. No one has to store inventory; it’s all bytes on a computer somewhere in the cloud. No one goes out of business if we don’t sell 100,000 copies in the first month.

A slow build is absolutely fine for us.

Yes, there are advantages to building buzz for a book from the get go. Yes, high early sales can help trigger Amazon algorithms so that more people see the book and buy it and the algorithms build and build.

But I knew that I didn’t have the resources or the platform or the ENERGY for one of those enormous roll-outs that are staged like a war.

And I knew that many an indie who is now wildly successful started very slowly indeed.

So I decided to opt for a “soft launch”.

Remember the demented giant octopus I mentioned earlier? I found the only way I could live with it in the end was to admit that I wasn’t going to have all the tentacles in a neat row on the one day. I was going to let it align over several weeks.

I didn’t have to try for the magic trick of having my two print versions and my various ebook versions all available in one synchronised moment. I didn’t have to get all my guest posts published on one day – I could roll them out over time. I didn’t have to have a huge launch, or if I did, it didn’t have to be the same day or the same week.

Phew. This is a marathon, not a sprint. And that’s just fine.

My octopus and I are getting along well. It gives my neck a sharp squeeze now and then, and I tickle it under the chin and punch it in the nose. 😉

What are your experiences of self-publishing? If you’ve done it, how did you deal with the nerves? If you haven’t done it, but you’d like to, is it fear that’s holding you back?

BelindaPollard_OpBelinda Pollard is the owner of Small Blue Dog Publishing in Brisbane, Australia. A former journalist, she has been a book editor for 17 years and a publishing consultant for 10, working with trade publishers, independent publishers, and self-publishers. She tweets as @Belinda_Pollard and loves travel, dogs, and strange news stories that trigger fiction ideas. As a writer, she is a published author of meditations and a prize-winner for fiction. She has just self-published her debut thriller, Poison Bay: When the wilderness is not your only enemy, who do you trust?

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46 Responses to How To Beat The Fear Of Self-Publishing

  1. Belinda Pollard December 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Molly, thanks so much for inviting me to your place this week. I’m looking forward to my sleep patterns returning to normal soon. 😉

    • Molly Greene December 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Hahaha! That is, until you’re staying up nights working out the next plot! My pleasure, Belinda, I love the post and so happy to have you share your experiences with all of us here!

  2. Thom Reece December 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Great article, Belinda. You sound like a great editor to work with and I wish you great luck with your book.

    Molly, you seem to find some of the most interesting and accomplished people to share time with.

    Hope you both have a wonderful future and a great upcoming holiday season. Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015.

    • Molly Greene December 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

      Thom, same to you and thanks so much!!

    • Belinda Pollard December 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

      Thanks so much, Thom. 🙂 Best wishes to you too!

  3. Alejandro De La Garza December 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Self-publishing has come a long way, since one of the first, Vanity Press, appeared. Back then, it seemed, only desperate writers resorted to self-publication. It’s as if they didn’t get the hint after a multitude of rejections that their stories simply weren’t good enough to be in print. Along with blogs and various social media outlets, self-publishing has put the power of the written word back into the hands of those who should always have control of it: the writers. We’re no longer dependent solely on the whims of editors and publishers who resided in ivory towers, deciding which writers are worthy of their time and attention.

    The only down side to self-publishing is that the writer has to do their own marketing and promotion. For introverts like me, that’s somewhat of a challenge, mainly because I’m not a people person. But I have absolute confidence in my writing and understand that marketing is part of the overall publication process.

    • Belinda Pollard December 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

      Yes, Alejandro, it’s wonderful how self-publishing has become a much more viable option these days for so many, and we can produce genuinely professional products.

      However, in my experience, marketing and promotion is not just a responsibility of self-publishers. I’ve worked with traditionally published authors in the past couple of years who have been expected to set up their own website, finance their own book trailer, book their own appearances, and even purchase part of the print run. (And these are real presses, not vanity presses.) The publishing world has changed.

      Best wishes with your books!

  4. Larry Crane December 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Very nice post,Belinda. You really poured out your guts, and I felt it. I hope that everything you hoped for with your novel, you get. I found myself connecting with your thoughts all along the way with my own writing efforts. Ultimately, your thoughts are encouraging. I needed that. Thank you.

    • Belinda Pollard December 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

      Larry, I’m so glad it’s encouraging, as that was my goal. Feel the fear and do it anyway! And I wish you great joy in your own writing efforts.

  5. Jan Christensen December 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    It’s wonderful that you finally got that novel published, Belinda. Thanks for sharing what it took to get ‘er done. I’ve done it several times, and it does get somewhat easier, but usually something new pops up to make you tear your hair. Something as simple as getting the cover up on Goodreads. (Can you tell I’m going through that right now? LOL) The main thing is we’re doing what we love. What could be better than that? Good luck with all the books you publish.

    • Belinda Pollard December 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

      I’m being sustained by the thought that the next one will be easier, Jan, so I’ll just choose to live with that little fantasy for a while. 😉

      “The main thing is we’re doing what we love. What could be better than that?” Hear, hear! Every success with your books, too!

  6. Garry Rodgers December 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi Belinda & Molly!

    Super post – right from the heart and encouraging to other self-publishers, including those already having a book or few out, as well as those working on their first indie run. You make four excellent points which all indie authors should read, re-read, and retain.

    My journey was doubly challenging. First, I’d written factual stuff all my life – investigation reports, legal judgements, peer-reviewed research … but I knew nothing about the craft of fiction writing. Then, when my garage was full of traditional publishing rejection forms, I decided to self-pub because I had too much invested in the work and I was absolutely obsessed with making my imagination come alive.

    So, there was a huge learning curve on both the writing and publishing fronts and I got there with a hell of a lot of help from indies who were blazing the trail ahead of me. I found when others realized I was serious about writing & self-publishing, they bent over backwards to help me succeed. Also – I hit the timing of the indie revolution right.

    Regarding the negative stigma of self-publishing, that seems to be gone now. I have never had anyone make any negative comment about my method of publishing. To the contrary there’s been lots of “Wow! You’re on Amazon?” People don’t care about who published the book they’re reading. They’ll judge it on the cover, editing, spelling and punctuation, and most importantly – on the story.

    Congraulations on bringing your imagination to life, Belinda. May this be the first of many and give your octopus a punch in the nose for me 🙂

    • Belinda Pollard December 15, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      Garry, the octopus says hi. 😉

      Your background in law enforcement would have required an entirely different type of writing to novels. And while some of my journalism skills could be adapted, the business writing I’ve done was so far removed the two types of writing might as well have been on different planets.

      But I’m glad that both of us have had the chance to tell stories now, and I’m grateful for the technological advances that have made it not only possible to share them worldwide, but even potentially viable.

      Best wishes with your publishing. Onwards!

  7. Julie Musil December 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Oh, what a wonderful post! I love your cover! And yes, I’ve also learned it’s a marathon not a sprint. It’s nice to know your book will be on the digital shelves forever, no matter what! Congratulations on your debut!

    • Belinda Pollard December 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      Thanks so much, Julie. And very best wishes for your existing and upcoming books!

      I see you posted for the “Insecure Writers Support Group” blog hop recently. I often think the group noun should be “an insecurity of writers”. 😉 We all need some encouragement at times.

  8. MM Jaye December 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    A great and brave post, Belinda! If I was stressed over how my debut romance novel would be received (when before that I hadn’t touched the publishing field with a barge pole) I can imagine how difficult it must have been for a professional editor who for years had been giving advice on publishing to others. The fifteen years process make total sense 🙂

    I wish you get much deserved success! I have already bought Poison Bay!

    • Belinda Pollard December 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

      Maria, I think fear of being judged harshly because of my area of expertise was definitely a factor. But I finally decided to stop worrying about that and do it anyway. The whole 7 billion don’t need to like it!

      Wishing you wonderful success with your romance writing, too. 🙂

  9. Elizabeth Ducie December 16, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    Hi Belinda, thanks for a great post. I had to keep checking back to make sure I hadn’t written it – it so mirrored my recent experiences in indie publication. I especially endorse the point about it being a marathon rather than a sprint, and the fact that you can’t do everything at once. I would also agree about the importance of beta-readers – and would suggest that they probably shouldn’t be writers too. I am a member of three (very different) writing groups and have had some wonderful critiques from them over the years, but I found that every writer had her own opinion on how the plot should go, what different characters should do etc. In the end, I had to stop asking them and I used my book club as beta readers. They gave me constructive criticism, spotted the plot hole that I’d been trying to hide – and gave me the confidence to get on with publication. Good luck with sales of the book.

    And Molly – thanks for another wonderfully useful post.

    • Molly Greene December 16, 2014 at 7:28 am #

      Thanks, Elizabeth – it’s a pleasure to host Belinda!

  10. Susan Jennings December 16, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    Belinda, Wow! what wonderful advice. I finished my debut novel sometime ago and 10 re-writes later I am waffling about doing an eleventh re-write when I should really be making the decision as to as to how I am going to publish. You hit the nail on the head, all the thoughts going through my head were so similar to yours and yet you have worked in the publishing business for so long. I am a newbie, although I have epublished a couple of short stories and and a small collection of mysteries with some success, very small but it has helped my confidence. Thank you for this blog, it is the most helpful one I have read about self-publishing.
    Molly I love your posts, thank you.

    • Molly Greene December 16, 2014 at 7:29 am #

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Susan, and best to you on self-publishing your debut.

    • Belinda Pollard December 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      Susan, someone said something very wise to me a few years back: you never FINISH writing a book, you just STOP. 😉 I was like you, kept rewriting and rewriting, never sure if it was good enough. I had to make that big decision to stop the endless circling, and I found that having a deadline helped snap me out of it.

      Consider if this might help you have courage to take the step: think of it as your First Edition. You can always publish a revised edition in the future if you find that you really want to. Many people find that once published, they’re happy to just leave it there as is, but it can help free you from that initial pressure if you think of a Second Edition as a possibility.

      Wishing you the very best!

      • Susan Jennings December 18, 2014 at 3:29 am #

        Great advice, thank you. A therapist years ago asked me why I was going around the circles, the answer was so I didn’t have to make a decision.Um…think this might be the case here. I have to make the big decision and risk publishing.

        • Molly Greene December 18, 2014 at 8:27 am #

          Susan, I can relate because I often do the same thing – throw lots of busywork in the way to keep myself from moving forward. Time for us to set that habit aside. Onward in 2015!

          • Susan Jennings December 18, 2014 at 9:17 am #

            Molly, I think I have found the right place to be. I bought your book on blogging today. Currently I am in the UK spending Christmas with my elderly 94, mother. Time for reflection and yes onward to 2015.

  11. Belinda Pollard December 16, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    Elizabeth, it’s wonderful to know your experience resonated so strongly with mine. As for beta readers, several of mine are authors, and several are not. I find I get a good balance that way of different styles of input, and then I need to draw from each one the tips that will work for me. It’s important (and sometimes hard) to be able to stand back and evaluate, rather than just blindly following everyone’s advice. Best wishes with your writing and publishing!

  12. Barry Knister December 16, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    Belinda–thanks for your post, it rings very true. But I have a question for you related to your reliance on others in the process of making editorial/creative decisions: at any point, did you ever wonder whether you were perhaps trying to spread the responsibility for whatever was to come to pass for your book? My own answer to that question has led me to turn to just one reliable “average” reader who is not another writer, etc., and to a very good editor. That’s it.
    Of course, everyone’s different, and a broad range of opinion may be just right for you.
    For me, the technical issues related to distribution, social media and marketing are the areas where I wish I could find support, even reliable paid support.
    Best of luck with Poison Bay!

    • Belinda Pollard December 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

      Barry, traditional publishing is a team effort, and so it comes naturally to me to see my own publishing as a team effort too. I don’t actually see any clash between that and my own final responsibility for my book — they are different categories of question in my mind.

      As you say, we all work differently. Vive la difference! And the very best to you with your books, and with finding the types of input from others that will work exactly right for you.

  13. Marilyn Chapman December 16, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    I can really identify with the sentiments here. My debut novel Baggy Pants and Bootees was published in e-book format by a small independent publishing company in February this year. When they decided to stop publishing paperbacks in my imprint I decided to go it alone. So my book came out again in both e-book and paperback in August and September this year and I’ve hardly had a chance to write anything since! I don’t regret it for a moment but as a former journalist I feel I should have realised what a huge challenge this was going to be. Thanks to you both for a very interesting post.

    • Belinda Pollard December 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Marilyn, I’m glad you were able to take that book and all that hard work and make something of it. I’m considering doing something similar with an old book of mine that is now out of print.

      Let’s both hope that the second time around for self-publishing will be easier! 🙂

  14. Dannie December 17, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    A very well written post, Belinda, that speaks to the fears many of us have felt in putting our hard work out there for others to read. I wish you great success with your novel. A good cover and title are also important to draw readers in and you’ve done that as well.

    I agree with other comments that Molly has a knack for bringing in interesting people with smart, helpful tips for writers.

    • Belinda Pollard December 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

      Thanks Dannie. I wish you the very best in your writing and publishing too.

  15. Ellen December 17, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    This post really caught my attention. I intend to indie publish and have been feeling that fear. Thank you for all the good tips. Writing is unlike any other creative endeavor because as you said, it happens in the mind. So the author really has to fling it out in faith.

    • Belinda Pollard December 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

      Yes, Ellen, and you have to believe in yourself and your story even on those days where it seems impossible. I found that having that team around me helped pick me up when I wondered if I really could write a book. Best wishes for your adventure!

  16. Marianne Wheelaghan (@MWheelaghan) December 17, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    HI Belinda, I am, as you know, editing my third book and thinking about getting it ready for publication. Although it is most definitely not as stressful as the first time, the idea of stepping up to the plate, once again, and sharing “my not perfect” book with the 7 billion has slowly been filling me with dread. Your post is a very timely and very welcome reminder to me that, yes, all 7 billion people don’t have to like my novel/s and that I mustn’t let myself become immobilised by the fear of having to publish a “perfect book” – after all, perfection is the voice of oppression, as someone better than I once said! So, thank you so much for sharing your journey. And thank you to you, too, Molly for hosting!

    • Belinda Pollard December 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

      “Perfection is the voice of oppression”… so true Marianne. I keep telling myself: excellence, not perfection. I can’t wait to see Killer Shoeshine out there. I have inside knowledge, and it’s a great yarn. 😉

    • Molly Greene December 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      Thanks Marianne, it’s my pleasure to host Belinda – and thank you so much for the shout-out to both of us on your blog!

  17. Jeri December 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Congrats on getting your book out into the world, Belinda. This is an inspirational post for me on many levels. Little by little we all find the path to publication that fits us. It’s definitely not a one-size-fits all scenario. If we don’t try out various avenues, we never know for sure what fits best.

    • Belinda Pollard December 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

      Jeri, I’m so glad it’s inspiring you to reach for your goals. And I agree — we all have a unique path to follow… not just our books and the way we choose to publish them, but the definition of “success”. Best to you!

  18. Faith Simone January 6, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    I NEEDED to read this today! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been so stressed about all that I need to learn as a first time indie author. There are so many things to do and it seems to take twice as long when you’re learning as you go. Last night I decided that things probably won’t work out exactly on my timeline and that’s ok. I just need to keep doing the best I can little by little, until the big pub day finally arrives. Like you said, this is a marathon, not a sprint. God bless!

    • Molly Greene January 6, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks Faith, and it’s so true – keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll get there. Best to you on your upcoming release!

    • Belinda Pollard January 8, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks Faith, and I’m so glad my tale helped you. It’s so important that we are kind to ourselves, and take time to BREATHE. Very best wishes for your book!

  19. Kristen Steele January 21, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Thank you for sharing your story. What I love about the self-publishing community is that so many people are willing to share these personal details of their experience in order to help others who are going through the same thing.

    • Molly Greene January 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

      Thank you, Kristen!

  20. Hiten Vyas February 1, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    Excellent post indeed, Belinda!

    You’re right. Fiction is so personal to us, and as you say, we can’t please everyone. When I first got into self-publishing fiction, I used a pen name, as it helped me deal with the possibility of people not liking the stories.

  21. Em F February 5, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    This article pretty much sums up my self-publishing experience. Good to know I’m not alone 🙂 great post!