I self-published my first book in June 2011, Assumptions Abound . This was one of the greatest achievements of my life. I have enjoyed reading and writing since I was a little girl. There was something about depending on my own imagination that intrigued me. I enjoyed reading and envisioning the scene and settings of the books; if a book was good, I could see myself inside the book. I wrote my first book at the tender age of 12.
Learning the Publishing Process
As an adult, I continued to explore my passion of writing. Using the books that I wrote as a child, I wrote my first book in less than six months. When it was complete, I knew that I had to go a step further and have the book published. I submitted countless queries to countless publishing houses, to no avail. After further research, I realized that most publishing houses do not accept queries from authors; they only accept queries from agents.
I decided to solicit an agent for my book. I searched online for agents that I could send solicitation letters. I found a great amount of them and started to ship off my letter to each agent, changing only the recipient information on each letter. After receiving rejection letters or absolutely no response, I grew discouraged. I researched the process for soliciting an agent online. I found out that the majority of agents are only interested in published authors.
Keep Pressing Onward
While I continued to solicit agents and publishers, I maintained my passion for writing by turning my first book into a trilogy series. I crafted a unique psychological thriller-murder mystery series. The series was based upon a young troubled girl, who literally watched as her loved ones died one after another. Through her story, an entire trilogy was born, The Black Bird Detective Series. I confided in my father that I was trying to publish my book series and he gave me a word of advice. He said, “when you have something that you believe in, you must stop at nothing to see it through.” Those words encouraged me to press forward with my goals.
Self-Published and Loving It
Self-publishing gives the author full control of their product. I literally wrote, edited and designed the covers for my psychological thriller series and I couldn’t be more proud. There are many different places to self-publish your book, online. Createspace, LULU and Smashwords are a few of the larger online self-publishing companies. Many of these companies offer full-service or self-service options so you don’t have to be intimidated about designing your book cover or editing your document on your own.