Since I self-published my first children's book in March of 2018, there have always been people reaching out with questions about publishing:
"I have a book that I want to publish. Can you help me?"
"I've always wanted to become an author. Where should I begin?"
"How did you get your book printed?"
"Where did you find your illustrators?"
"How do you sell your books online?"
Honestly, I think this is amazing! If you have a dream to do something, I want you to saddle up and go for it! Asking for help is a great way to start your research. However, there is so much more to it than having someone answer a few of your 10,000 questions.
Self-publishing not a fast-track to becoming an author. If you want to become a successful author, self-publishing (like anything else) requires time, learning, resources, outsourcing, high standards, a vision, and so much more.
With all of these questions constantly flooding my inbox, I knew there were a lot of people who wanted to publish a book, but didn't know where to begin. For most people who are wanting to embark on something new, diving into uncharted territory can be quite overwhelming. I know it sure was for me, which was why I enlisted the help of an assisted self-publisher for my first two books. However, once I got started, I never had a clue what was coming next. The company I worked with plopped me into each stage without a moment's notice, which was confusing, overwhelming, and annoying. No one ever guided me through HOW to do any of the steps, let alone how to do them well.
Why didn't this self-publishing journey come with a roadmap and a mentor? I wondered.
There was no blueprint of how the process worked, how to best prepare, or how to expedite the process. I was constantly flying blind until she was thrown into the next stage, which proved to be inefficient, stressful, expensive, and wildly frustrating.
Determined to create a different experience of self-publishing, I set off on my own and learned all I could to publish my next books. One day it dawned on me... I need to create a self-publishing roadmap to take the guess work out of this process!! In turn, this course had the potential to spare others from experiencing the same gruelling problems that I had trudged through.
Just like that, an idea was born.
My vision for The Author Atlas is to take the confusion out of the self-publishing process--saving you wasted time, unnecessary frustration, paralyzing overwhelm, and the costs of repeatedly hiring an assisted self-publisher who leaves you in the dark. I want to educate, inspire, and empower aspiring authors to take their self-publishing journey into their own hands. To do so, I am using my own experience to lead others through the adventure of self-publishing with confidence, inner clarity, aligned direction, and a clear roadmap.
Well, this month, I finally got out of my own way and began recording lessons for the first portion of The Author Atlas program called Effective Editing for Authors. It is packed full of actionable techniques, tips, and tricks that aspiring authors can implement right away to take their manuscripts to the next level. On top of that, there are worksheets and resources so that you can get the most out of each course. Effective Editing for Authors is so close to being complete and Book Distribution for Self-Published Authors will be following shortly behind, so stay tuned!
My end goal is to have all 12 courses that make up The Author Atlas launched as they are complete in an a la carte style to help aspiring authors who cannot wait for the full program to be ready!
In the meantime, I have been receiving hoards of messages, coffee date requests, and inquiries about writing, self-publishing, and the whole shebang. While I am utterly flattered that others are taking notice of the progress and hard work I’ve put into growing my business, I have kicked my business into high gear and am strapped for time. I wanted to kindly note that I do offer author mentoring calls where you can ask all things publishing for a minimum one hour call or an in-person meet up.
So if you are an eager go-getter who cannot wait another moment to get started learning about all things self-publishing, feel free to click here to submit a request for booking a mentoring call.
Until then, keep writing and stay tuned for upcoming course release updates!
About the Author:
Kristin Pierce loves chai lattes, inspirational quotes, hunting down incredible kids books, and writing in rhyme. She is an award-winning children's book author, self-awareness educator, and momma of two who is on a mission to spread empowering and inspiring messages about following your passion, thinking outside-the-box, and believing in your big dreams. She is the author of Your Inner Compass That Could, Mayva O'Meere, Creationeer, Magnus O'Meere, Mind Pioneer, and Hazel Mist, Hypnotist (coming 2020).
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