Getting Published is more than a headline or a cute phrase. It can be and is a vital part of your writing career.
If you have been following my posts, you are aware that I am a Christian author and publisher. That means that I have gained insights over time and can thereby help you navigate the roiling waters of writing.
Getting Published Posts
To teach authors about writing and getting published I invested a great deal of that knowledge plus time, sweat, and tears. I guess that is a little over dramatic, but it sounded good.
The truth is that while I was joking, I was also telling the truth. I learned to write the hard way. You may have heard me talk about the School of Hard Knocks. It is one fact of my life that propelled me to write the course. I don’t want you to go to that school, or if you are currently in it, I don’t want you to stay there.
Getting Published is Fun – the VLOG
At the beginning of the year I began a VLOG (Video Blog) which is much like a podcast but strictly video. I use that VLOG to share tips for you in your writing, publishing, and marketing.
At the same time, I publish posts on Facebook and LinkedIn, which by some strange magic show up reinforce what I am teaching. Each post and each VLOG share similar hints, tips, and facts yet from a slightly different perspective. Moreover, they magically show up about the same time. Why? Aren’t I being redundant? Perhaps, but the old saying is that it takes repetition to teach. Besides some of you may only be on YouTube, others may focus on Facebook, and still others may be on LinkedIn. And others may be on all three. But the point is to get the information out there.
Getting Published is Fun is True
Let me list some of the ways I think getting published is fun. This list is not organized, just listed as I consider them.
- Holding my published book for the first time
There is something special about holding your first book you have written in your hand. In fact, there is that same special feeling everytime you get published whether it is your first, or seventh, or tenth.
- Seeing my name in print
When I got my first book and saw my name on the cover, I was thrilled. That may have been the moment I realized that my dream had come true!
- Seeing my name in Google Search
That may seem odd to you, but when I searched for R. Frederick Riddle and got back a listing not only of the books I had written, but the other information about me as well. Try searching for your name, especially if you have an author’s name. Or a business name.
- Getting a Royalties report
It is always a happy feeling when I receive a royalty payment no matter how much it amounts. It means somebody is buying and reading something I created.
- That first sale
I wish I had written down the who, where, and when of my first sale. But I was so excited, I gave away books!
- And every sale thereafter
Now that I am an Indie Publisher, I track my sales. And I am vain enough to go back and look at them. It always is a good feeling.
What is my Tip for you?
Be willing to invest yourself in whatever it takes to achieve your goal. I am not just talking about money, although that is necessary. I am talking about your time and energy. And I am talking about the effort it takes to change your preconceived ideas. That is harder, but often very important.
R. Frederick Riddle is an author, teacher, publisher, and the owner of T&R Independent Books. The website is at Home – T&R Independent Bookstore (trbookservices.com). To find him on YouTube go to (159) TR Independent Books – YouTube,