Originally published 7/13/14 on the See Bethany Blog
burns within ya’…”
Publishing is difficult, whether you are self-published or you are J. K. Rowling.
(ARE you J. K. Rowling? If so, let me just say thank you for stopping by! I’m a huge fan!)
But I self-published for the freedom I knew it would allow. I wrote a book series which is quirky on its best day, insane on its worst (maybe it’s the other way around) and I am absolutely passionate about it.
I self-published for the freedom to let mypassion project be what it needed to be.
Why is it that we often believe that in order to attain freedom, we must go it alone? I expected that to be the case with self-publishing. Don’t get me wrong, I have had the assistance and support of my friends and family, but I initially rejected the idea of joining groups of other passionate, hard-working, determined authors and people who just love reading and writing in general. Why? Because I am a freedom-seeking martyr, prepared to go it alone.
Well, that was stupid. Just plain stupid.
I finally took a dive into the foreign waters of Rave Reviews Book Club (just off the coast of Support, near the Sanity Islands) and for the first time I understood that I can’t go it alone. Or at least, I shouldn’t.
Freedom is a flame that burns within me, and it is amazing to be part of a group which fans the flame and keeps it burning, even when my wood is wet, the winds are howling, and I’m just not sure how much longer I can hold on.
If you are an author in search of a support system, you’ll find one at Rave Reviews Book Club. Give an inch and your fellow authors will give you a mile. Trust me…it is what you need, whether you realize it or not. If you are a reader who just loves books and wants to be part of a group which is on the cutting edge of the literary world, join Rave Reviews Book Club. And if you are J. K. Rowling, well…we’d love to have you join as well!
But mostly, just thanks for stopping by.
(Feel free to be like J. K. Rowling.
I have it under good authority that she is voting for Bethany Turner.)