Entrepreneurship can be a stressful, terrifying, and lonely journey. Even for individuals with great support networks and co-founders, it can still be difficult to find an outlet to vent.
That’s why I love to write. Writing provides the perfect platform for explaining, exploring, and digesting everything that I encounter as I build my business.
With that in mind, it might come as a surprise that it took me years to finally build up the courage to write a book.
Fear of failure and concerns over what the publishing process would entail always put a stop to the idea when I got the itch.
Last year, however, in a moment of weakness, I decided to take the plunge and write my first book, “Enlightened Entrepreneurship.”
One year after publication, I can confidently say that the process the ultimate learning experience.
Many of my fears proved to be unfounded, while other things I was confident about proved to more challenging than I ever expected.
Getting published is easy
Most of my initial reluctance centered around my lack of knowledge when it came to publishing. Blogging is one thing; publishing a book is an entirely different matter.
Many friends who have written books in the past have spoken of the challenges associated with finding a reputable publisher.
Since I wanted to make the process as easy as possible and have relatively few contacts in that space, I opted to self-publish instead.
In the past, I looked down on self-published books, thinking they were somehow inferior to works that come from traditional publishers. In some respects, that bias holds true.
Self-publishing lowers barriers to entry, which in-turn allows for a lot of poorly written material to see the light of day.
However, in recent years that has begun to change. Mainstream writers, such as James Altucher, have wholeheartedly embraced the self-publishing model.
As a great fan of Altucher’s work, I looked to his process for inspiration. As it turns out, he frequently utilized Amazon’s self-publishing solution to produce his work.
I ended up taking his lead and using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service for my book. From start to finish, the entire process took me about three months; far less than I initially expected.
Marketing your work is hard
Once the book was published, I sat back and waited for the sales to roll in. I developed a nasty habit of habitually refreshing my sales statistics, watching for someone, anyone, to show interest in the work I created.
Unfortunately, after the first few months or so it became clear that this wasn’t going to be an “if you build it, they will come” scenario.
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