After a bit of a panic last week I cracked on, worked hard on the book and handed it over to an editor this morning. She is going to give it a thorough once over and help me get it up to publishing standards. Sophie’s post last week really struck a chord with me, and I realised I was in danger of nit picking and potentially doing it more harm than good. Definitely time to hand it over to someone else. Watch this space.
By the way you do realise that I’ll be counting on you (yes YOU) to help me sell the damn thing don’t you? It’ll be put your money where your mouth is time very soon indeed!! Also if anyone is interested in doing a review on their blog please let me know.
I’ve been pondering lately about my content. I read a lot of blogs, written by positive and inspirational bloggers. Over the last few months I have seen post after post crop up that have left me thinking ‘that’s exactly what I say in my book’. Not ad verbatim of course, but the essence is the same. I was worried initially because I thought people would think that I was ripping off their words. Then I got a grip and remembered that each and every time I have made a change to my manuscript I’ve saved it as a new document, and they are all date stamped by the software company.
My next thought was ‘why am I bothering to write a book when so many bloggers are sending out the same message for free’? Then I got a grip and remembered that my personal story of triumph over adversity will be why people want to read it. That although blogs are awesome as a resource for short, sharp bursts of inspiration, sometimes it’s really helpful to actually read a book.
I read somewhere that no-body has an original idea these days, so rather than get upset about it I’ve decided that it’s great that other bloggers I respect are already on-board with so many of the things I say.
So the big question now is whether or not to submit it to Britain’s Next Bestseller. Hubby thinks I should just self-publish, and with Create Space making it so easy it is looking like a good option. What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.