Wednesday, May 25, 2011
First Book Stories: Shannon Mawhiney and The Death of Torberta Turchin
Today's first book story comes to us from Shannon Mawhiney. When I began pursing my dream of being a published author, I quickly learned the stigma that followed authors who opted to self-publish. Fast forward seven years and that stigma has all but disappeared. Shannon shares her journey to publish The Death of Torberta Turchin. I hope you enjoy it.
When I first felt that I had “finished” Torberta, I tried to find an agent and met only rejections. So I re-edited, over the period of at least a year, and tried again. But again, I only received rejections. At that point, I somewhat gave up on the book and set it aside. In the meantime I went to grad school and got married. And then I came across an article online about how easy it was to publish on Kindle. I decided I was tired of having a finished manuscript sitting on my computer, collecting virtual dust. So why not? I published on Kindle, then discovered how easy it was to publish through CreateSpace and went through that process too, so that I could have the book in print. And I have to admit, having something to hold in my hand was really cool. Marketing is tough, but I’m trudging my way through it and learning a lot. And so far I’ve really enjoyed the process.
Visit Shannon online at http://mawhiney.blogspot.com.
I would also like to ask our readers a question:
Have you considered self-publishing your book? Did you end up going that route? Why or why not? If you were hesitant in the past about self-publishing, has your perception changed any over the past 3 years?