Traditional vs. Self Publishing

Now, back when I dusted off my novel in 2017, all I dreamt about was finishing it. After editing, I then just foresaw me sending it off to agents and waiting. Waiting for them to tell me I’m amazing *cough*; that they had to represent me; that great things lay before me; that I’d be the next J. K. Rowling (I know, I know)

I then stumbled across Joanna Penn and her website and learnt about self publishing. Of course, I already knew of it but never condidered it seriously. Why would I self publish? I have little time to write let alone manage everything else.

But then, on reflection, why wouldn’t I? Why wait on someone else to decide if people will or won’t like it? Why not let the people think for themselves? And I’ll get my free-time back one day. Right? Plenty of time then to edit, market and publish my book.

The Creative Penn

It was whilst doing some random research three weeks ago that I came across the author Joanna Penn and her brilliant website, The Creative Penn.

It never crossed my mind that there were authors out there who shared their writing and publishing experiences so openly. It’s been an absolute revelation and so, so useful. If you are serious about your writing, I highly recommend it.

Due to being extremely time-poor at present (I think I’ve had about an hour to myself in the last two weeks), I’m finding Ms Penn’s YouTube channel an excellent resource bank filled with interesting interviews, lots of advice and things to ponder that I hadn’t even thought to ponder; such as what is my definition of success (which I’m now pondering and will let you know soon).

Even if you are already published via traditional means or more alternative means, I guarantee you will find something of use. She provides tips on marketing and author wellbeing, not to mention suggestions to help with your creative side.

I’m so glad to have discovered her and her tutorials as I can listen to them when I’m doing my mundane chores and actually feel like I’m progressing as a writer (even if I hadn’t had the opportunity to write in days) Thank you, Ms Penn! You are keeping me sane and motivated!