The Authorpreneur Blog
Amelia D. Hay is a virtual writing and business coach for fiction writers and the host of The Authorpeneur Podcast. Every week, on this blog, she will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. Learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers. In her, Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary (BTS) she shares an honest account of her journey to self-publishing her novels.
This has got to be one of the most important decisions an aspiring author can make. To self-publish or to not self-publish? Choosing to self-publish is a huge decision to make and it shouldn’t be made lightly. It’s one of those decisions you need to make in consideration or the facts and your strengths and weaknesses
Am I a writer? What if I can’t write? What if no-one will read what I publish? Seriously, if had a dollar for every time I heard this from an aspiring writer, then I would be a multi-millionaire. It’s almost like a right of passage. The first thing you learn about being a writer is to doubt yourself. It’s like you’re cancelling yourself out of the game before you even have a chance to play. These doubt-filled questions are deeply rooted in fear but not just any fear. A fear of failure. A fear that you will fall flat on your butt. Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in fact, it’s a great thing, but you shouldn’t let fear make your decisions or stop you from taking action and pursuing your dreams. So, how do you believe in yourself as a writer when you’re just starting out?
In September 2015, I quit my soul-sucking nine to five to work on my coaching business full time. My dream was to coach during the day and pursue my dreams of being a published Author by night. Unfortunately, my reality was very different to what I had originally imagined. My business took over my time. I had very little time to write my James Lalonde Thriller series and to write more books for my Personal Success non-fiction series. This is partly because I rushed through the business creation process and I didn’t take the time to get super clear on what was really important to me. I learned that clarity comes from taking action not by thinking, but the biggest mistake I made was not listening to what I truly wanted.
Did you know that your idea of writing talent is a myth? Yes, a myth. Many people who fall in love with the dream of becoming a writer do so without realising that a writer has one of the longest apprenticeships.