At the end of 2020, I sat down with my loved ones and asked them what they thought about my taking a year to write. I wanted to write a book and then look into getting it published. Everyone said that was a great idea and that I had their support.
In 2021, I sat down and ended up writing four books. It was a wonderful time of getting to know new friends in my characters, being able to tell their stories and to complete a series. The writing process was a beautiful time in my life and I have no regrets for taking that time to create my first ready for publication series.
At the start of this year (2022) I tried to query the first book in the series. That was a heartbreaking experience as I received rejection after rejection. It was difficult to me because I have always believed in my writing. I believe it is worth being in print and available for others to enjoy as well.
I decided by March of this year (2022) that I wanted to explore the possibility of self-publishing. So, I signed up for a course through 'Writing Mastery Academy' taught by Bethany Atazadeh. It has been a wonderful experience that has shown me that self-publishing is the right path for me.
I have since begun the process of setting goals for myself. These are professional "career" goals. This is a process. I am finding what works for me. The reason I am taking my time is so that on my first go I can get as "set" as possible.
I believe that this will help me be as successful as possible on a first self-publishing attempt. I am very aware that no matter what I will make mistakes and that there is a learning curve. At the same time I want to provide myself with the greatest chance for success.
If you are a self-published author what are some of your career goals? If you are in the same space as I am what are some of your career goals? I would love to see the similarities and differences between the answers.