In January it’s natural to want to start afresh, to make this the year you really achieve your dreams. The fantastic thing about self-publishing is, there’s nothing holding you back. You don’t have to wait for anyone to get back to you about your manuscript – you are the one in charge, you are the one making all the decisions about your book. It’s extremely empowering – if at times overwhelming.
So here’s to making 2016 the year you see your words in a beautiful printed book, with eight quotations to inspire your success!
“The only failure is not to try.”
We didn’t just include this quotation in order to include a picture of George Clooney – honest. But he makes a good point. Success means different things to different people. It can be as simple (or as difficult) as finishing your book, seeing it in print, and sharing it with friends and family. What’s holding you back? If it’s fear of failure, see our next inspirational quotation.
“You don’t have to be great to get started. But you have to get started to be great.”
The book that’s in your head might well be better than the one you manage to get down on paper. But no-one’s going to read a book that stays inside your head – unless you know any talented mind-readers.
“If I waited for perfection I’d never write a word”
Procrastination can be beneficial – for the re-organisation of your sock drawer. Yes, it’s ok to let ideas marinate for a while, but the time comes when you have to get some words down. They probably won’t be the right words, in the right order. But at least you’ll have something to work with.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
Although other people can help you make choices, you are the author – you decide what stays, and what gets the chop. If that means killing off characters, or rewriting the whole thing from the perspective of a cat, then so be it. It’s up to you.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh didn’t just suddenly become a successful painter. He spent years struggling, cutting off bits of himself, painting starry nights and so on. You can’t hope to write a novel all at once – but if you write for even just an hour every day, it all adds up. However, let’s hope success comes in your own lifetime, unlike poor old Vincent.
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently”
Have you been writing a novel for what seems like forever? Take a break, step back, and come back to it after a week, even a month. You’ll see it with new eyes. If it’s truly terrible, don’t be afraid to start again, and maybe even discard it altogether. You’ll have learned something in writing it – even if it’s that you must never try to write a Zombie mashup of Anne of Green Gables again.
“You can do anything – but not everything.”
Self-publishing doesn’t mean that you have to do everything yourself. There are professionals out there who can help you edit, proof read, typeset your manuscript and create a beautiful cover for reasonable prices. But if money is tight, you can still call on friends and family to help you out. Some may be artistic, have marketing experience, or an eagle eye for typos. Or their talents might lie in giving you tea and sympathy. You don’t have to go it alone.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Technology has made getting your book into print so much easier and more affordable. But we’re not pretending there isn’t a lot of hard work involved – and that hard work includes marketing if you want your book to have a chance of success. Put in as much effort as you can into publicising your book. You can achieve your dream of holding your own book in your hands, and putting it into the hands of (hopefully) thousands of readers.
Click on the banner below to learn more about self-publishing your book this year with CompletelyNovel, and if you have any questions, do let us know.