Misery loves company–A (sort of) guest post on self-publishing

I’m beginning to understand why parents love talking to other parents, love reading blogs written by other 517cE3HYo0L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-59,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_harried parents, arrange playdates for their kids, which are really just opportunities for the parents to gripe about being parents. It’s tough having something that takes up an inordinate amount of your time and energy, that preoccupies you when you’re supposed to be working or socializing or throwing things at the gym. Having someone who understands–nay, shares!–your pain is essential if you hope to cleave to your sanity. And if you’re a writer working through the self-publishing process, you need your sanity in order to gloat when your book becomes a best-seller. (I cried a little when I wrote that.) More realistically, you need your sanity in order to begin work on the second book–which will be better, easier (because you know now), and maybe, just maybe get a bite from a publisher or agent.

I was lucky to know a few sympathetic writers who had been through the process. One of those people was Bryce Wilson, who now lives in Austin, Texas, but still writers a film column for New Times. He wrote a piece titled “31 Days of Horror: The 31 Dayening: The Horror of Self Publishing.” I recommend it, both for the quality of writing and because if you’ve been through the process of self-publishing, or are planning on going through the process, you can benefit from the advice, and humor, of a comrade in arms who’s occupied the same blood-drenched trenches in which you now find yourself. And if you’re looking for a good read, you should pick up his book Son of Dans Macabre.


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