- Getting to the Olympics can seem like a Herculean feat to any athlete at times. Likewise, for authors contemplating self-publishing, the myriad of details and things to learn can appear a steep mountain to climb. Both take a lot of perseverance and determination!
- Both the Olympics and self-publishing require self-belief – for writer, it’s confidence that what you’ve written will appeal to readers and that you don’t need the support of a publishing house to reach out to them.
- It’s easier with a team. Any Olympic athlete will tell you there are many people behind their success, helping to buoy them up and keep them afloat. Although self-publishing is fundamentally an exercise in independence, it’s wonderful to have fellow writers onside and making your writing easier, whether it’s the WG2E team or beta-readers.
- Not everything goes according to plan, despite best efforts. Sometimes, an Olympian can put in all the training in the world, feel great on the day, and their results fall short of the expected outcome. Likewise, a self-publisher can do everything right and their sales may falter, formatting issues occur, or Amazon glitches happen. Sigh!
- When you do get it right, the sense of accomplishment is tremendous. Although we don’t have medals to hang around our necks, the feeling of finally publishing a book all on your own is amazing and so worth all the hardship.
Over to you! How would you compare self-publishing to the Olympics?
(PS – Go #TeamGB!)