How I Got Started in Self-Publishing (Using Amazon!)

The story of how I got into self-publishing is long and vast, and it probably spans a few volumes and can’t just be contained in one blog post…

Nah, it’s not that long. Let me tell you all about it.

It started as simply as when I freelance-edited a project back in February to March of this year. It was a short story that I really enjoyed reading. When it was finally done, I received a copy of it as a thank-you gift. When I looked at the copy, I noticed that it was published in the USA…and I also noticed that it was through Amazon.

The gears started turning then.

I have to give credit to my mom. She was the one who initially suggested I self-publish, saying that one of her good friends (who had previously published traditionally and felt like she lost control of her work) had gone that route and wouldn’t ever go back. So, in short, I went for it.

I’d had a short story called “Turn the Town” in my head for awhile. It originally started as a writing challenge for myself, and it eventually progressed into a pretty substantial shorter short-story, but it was a story I was extremely proud of.

When I decided to self-publish my work, I decided to do it through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. I designed the cover from scratch (to avoid janky copyright stuff right out of the gate), and after uploading my manuscript…

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…on April 20, 2017, I published my very first work to Amazon.

So, would I recommend self-publishing to get your name out there as a writer? Yes. And would I do it again? Absolutely.

And do it again I did. (I don’t even know if that’s correct grammar, but we’re rolling with it.)

I self-published my second short story, “The Pirate College,” on August 15th, 2017.

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So, what’s next?

I intend to keep self-publishing for right now. I love the ease of use on Amazon KDP, and I love how much control I have over my own content. All you do is upload your own manuscript, upload or create your cover, set your own price, and presto. You’re self-published, FOR FREE.

Plus, you can distribute paperback copies of your work (provided they’re long enough to meet their minimum), which is amazing. Being able to hold a copy of my work in my hands will always and forever be surreal to me.

I also self-edit (don’t worry, I have a group of beta readers for feedback), and I design my own covers using art that’s available for commercial use/my own work.

I’m just thankful that I went this route, and I’m thankful to God for giving me the talent to write in the first place. 🙂

To buy any of my work on Amazon, click here.

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