On November 11, 2011, I celebrated the release of my first poetry book, Blurred Vision. I have to keep saying “first” not only because I have ideas for 2 follow-up books already mapped out in my head, but because it’s a reminder. A reminder of mentally debating with myself on which poems to include in the book, saving up the money to get everything finalized, and sacrificing a lot of my free time to complete the finished product. After you’ve done anything once, it’s always easier the next time….Or so I hope (lol).
Sometimes I can kick myself for waiting so long to get this book out. Since it’s not a novel, putting together the poems is the easiest part. I just chose which ones fit my concept the best. But I also believe timing is everything, and sometimes you can rush into something too quickly and sabotage yourself. During my brainstorming process of how to publish my book, I gathered some awesome ideas along the way. First, I thought about trying to seek out a publisher. This would have meant searching for God knows how long for someone to pick up my book, only to have them possibly change my vision and take a large chunk of profits….leaving me with next to nothing! I quickly dismissed that option….
Now on to self publishing….I battled between doing an audio CD of poems or an actual book. Although I love music and spoken word, I get a thrill when people read my poetry and interpret the meaning based on what they’ve read. Some have been dead on with how I felt at the time of writing it and other times, people have given meanings that I never intended but are still intriguing nonetheless. So I decided on self publishing an actual book and here I am after about 4 months of active research, phone calls, emails, late nights and rough drafts with the finished copy in my hand.
On the promotional end, I’m getting those “aha” moments of why it may be good to have a publisher. Don’t get me wrong, I do still like having my creative control but I can see how a marketing strategy from a publisher can really help. Not so much even with ideas. I believe if it’s your project, no one can think outside of the box for it like you can….you just have to push yourself. But with publishers comes man power. A luxury few self publishers have. Thanks to my family, girlfriend, and close friends, I have been able to already see profit with Blurred Vision, but it has not been a cake walk.
I’m interested to see what you think though….self publishers, published authors from a major publishing company, which one is easier, and more rewarding? Has anyone done both and what are the pros and cons? As a newly published author, I’m eager to get fresh ideas from others who have done the same…whether by yourself or with an established company. How did you do it?
Don’t forget to pick up my book, Blurred Vision, a collection of original poems right here on my website. It’s simple, just click on one of the BuyNow buttons featured in any of the posts of the “Buy Blurred Vision Here” header at the top of the home page!