They say no one is an island. But boy, do I try.

We can call it willful independence, if we’re being generous. General contempt for humanity, if we’re being cynical.

But if we’re choosing honesty, then let’s chalk it up to a determination to have complete ownership over my decisions. Whatever direction my life goes, I want the blame (or the credit) to fall squarely on my own shoulders.

This pit of hubris I’ve dug for myself has led to this venture.

A little over a month ago, I finished the first draft of my first full-length novel. It’s one of those things I’ve been telling myself I want to do for years – my whole life, really – but for whatever reason I wasn’t sufficiently motivated to get off my ass and do it. Now in my 30s and realizing that my life has already started while I wasn’t looking, I finally buckled down and got it done.

Now comes the process of getting it out there.

I’ve decided that, for me, self-publishing is my best option. I’ll detail why in later posts, but suffice it to say it appeals to my solitary nature, to my inherent need to maintain control.

While exploring my options, I read many blogs and articles from people who have successfully self-published works of their own, and several from people who were not so successful. For the most part, they were retrospective. They offered hard-earned advice about what to do and what not to do, and I’m grateful for the insight they provide. But I found very few that discussed, in detail, the process as they were going through it.

So I decided that’s what I’m going to do. Currently my book has gone through a slew of edits and is in the hands of a few friends. My goal is to have it ready for publication by the end of the year. But there’s so much more to the process than that. I’ve also built this website, I’m setting up social media, I’m putting together a marketing plan. And, true to form, I’m doing most of this myself.

Over the next few months, I will be blogging about my progress. I’ll write about my mistakes as I make them, my triumphs before they’re realized. I’ll write about writing, about the process of self-publishing start-to-finish, about what comes next. My hope is that this blog will prove useful to any others who are taking on this task. The world of publishing has and is changing rapidly, and the best way for aspiring independent writers to succeed is to learn from each other.

I’m looking forward to it!

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