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The Anti-Climax of Publication

Head in HandsSelf-published novelist Arthur McMahon has given his very frank breakdown of how publishing his book didn’t rock his world. I was directed to discourse by GalleyCat who lead on his piece with their very apt title: “Publishing a Book will not Change Your Life“, 

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It’s a little depressing to see another writer’s take on it. Yet, looking at it logically, it must be true. Especially in the realm of self-publishing – where the only thing standing between being an unpublished novel and a published novel is a click of a button. *click* That’s it. No phone call from your agent, no exultant feeling of your manuscript finally being accepted by an old-school publisher, and the kudos and validation that I imagine one would have from your book being accepted by a gate keeper of the literary world. Not that the latter will ultimately change your life any more, but I imagine that the elation would at least be longer lived. Perhaps.

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I suppose it’s much like New Years Eve parties, or an over-hyped movie, or first-time sex. There are so many expectations caught up in it, that it can’t help but disappoint. Perhaps we can only hope to be mentally braced for that scenario when it finally comes. That publishing your book won’t solve your woes, it will just be a very awesome milestone that you can place in your trek through life. Expecting more from it may just be setting yourself up for a fall, for which Arthur McMahon has put himself forward as a case study. I do really respect and admire his candour on his experience, his closing words on the subject as follows:

I wonder if this is why so many authors are depressed drunks. Completing a novel didn’t change my perception of life like I expected it to. It filled no gaps in my soul or heart, and may have in fact widened them.

Still, onward I go.

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6 Ways to Promote Your Book on a Budget – GalleyCat

6 Ways to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Reblogged from GalleyCat

Sophus Note: I thought that this was a good article to keep track of for later reference…

Are you struggling to promote your book on a budget?

We’ve collected some links that will help you promote your book withoutspending any money at all.

Six Ways To Promote Your Book on a Budget

1. Visit these free sites to promote your eBook.

2. Pitch articles, interviews or blog posts to media outlets. Read our How Toi_love_reading_2 Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post for more details.

 3. Contact bookstores. Check out our How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post for more guidance.

4. Host a book giveaway online. We’ve collected some free giveaway resources at this link.

5. Fix these common mistakes in your Twitter profile and your Google+ profile.

6. Create a free Tumblr page dedicated to one of your book’s themes. Our Tumblr Tips for Writers will get you started.

Who Reads Ebooks?

The future is ebooks. The future is women readers. The future is people who have cash to burn, as long as they don’t have to spend a lot of it. Figures are scary.

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