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5 Limiting Beliefs that Prevent You from Writing and Self-Publishing Your Book

7 Aug

vintage typewriter and books on the table with blank paper on wooden desk

I encounter many aspiring authors who want to write and self-publish their books, but often their mindset stops them.

If you don’t believe in yourself, there is no way that you can actualize your dreams of becoming an author.  As cliched as it sounds, you have to have the right mindset.  Here are the top five limiting beliefs that every aspiring author needs to kick to the curb:

Limiting Belief 1: I lack the right credentials.

If you lived it, then those are good enough. Not every skilled writer received a writing degree. I suggest if you want to improve your writing, enroll in writing courses. Purchase a book that have writing prompts. I want to encourage you that you are good enough.

Limiting Belief 2: I don’t have enough time to write a book.

Friend, we make time for things that we find valuable. Do you have at least an hour to spare per week. If you can’t do an entire hour in one block, can you find at least two days out of the week where you can commit thirty minutes.

Limiting Belief 3: My story isn’t important.

The devil is a liar. Your story can impact someone’s life. Don’t you dare tell yourself that your story is meaningless. You are important and your story is worth telling.

Limiting Belief 4: I need to have a lot of money to write a book.

You don’t need to be wealthy to write a book. What makes a great book is your story. Now, it will cost you money if you decide to go the self-publishing route and you may need to invest in an editor and designer, but truthfully, all you need to start your book are your thoughts, creativity, and a computer to type your manuscript.

Limiting Belief 5: I will write my book someday.

Future author, only today is promised, not tomorrow. Not setting a date will have you carrying around your story for years. Don’t let that be you. Start today, friend.

The takeaway: Once you get rid of your stinking thinking, you then can become ready to write and self-publish your book.  You can do it, future author!


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Market yourself!

14 Apr

At the beginning of April, I attended the Maryland Writers Association at the University of Baltimore. I found Mary Shafer’s presentation to be informative. Shafer is the president of the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA) and publisher of Word Forge Books. One thing that she said stuck out to me. She mentioned when you purchase an ISBN, an indie press should purchase a block of ten ISBNs for $250. She said that when an indie press purchases one ISBN at a time, it signals that you are a self-published author. The panel about publishing was also useful. Literary agent Jason Ashlock of Movable Type Literary Group made the suggestion that writers should spend three years building a platform before publishing a book–that way when the writer has something to sell, he has established his audience. So for all aspiring writers, I advise that you develop a web presence. Create a blog. Post regularly on Facebook about your writing projects. Tweet. Don’t expect huge book sales if you haven’t marketed yourself. In this new publishing industry, the author has to do a lot of his own publicity. I encourage authors to visit local independent bookstores and sell their books on consignment. Inquire about using the space to have a small reading. Pitch your book to local editors of the arts and entertainment sections. Get book reviewers to review your book. But most importantly, write a book that people want to read!