It was just over 10 months ago that I self-published my first book, Psych Meds Made Simple, in February this year. Then book #2, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, followed in September. It’s been a lot crammed into 10 months!
In a way, it feels like it’s been longer than that. There’s been a lot to learn, and it’s gotten to the point where I feel pretty comfortable that I know what I’m doing, and that I can fumble along not too badly, even when it comes to things where I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve come a long way from feeling totally overwhelmed by Amazon’s publishing process when I first started out.
I’m really impressed by how many bloggers have taken that leap and decided to release their books out into the world. Some people have self-published, while others have been published by a mental health publisher like Trigger Publishing. From my perspective, the publishing route is far less important than the fact that people are choosing to be brave and share their work.
It sounds like there are quite a number of people in the blogging community who are at some stage of considering writing a book, which I think is really amazing. While not everyone will be able to get published by an established publisher, anyone can be self-published. There may be a lot to learn and some fear to overcome, but you can do it.
Don’t expect to make a lot of money, because most of us won’t, but there’s something very satisfying about finishing a book and getting it up for sale, particularly the first one. And yes, you’re allowed to call yourself an author even if the only person who ends up buying a copy is your grandma.
So if you’re thinking about writing a book, I say go for it. Let go of the doubt, let go of the insecurity, and just do it.
A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing is a mini e-book containing all the knowledge and tricks that I’ve picked up from self-publishing two books. It’s available from the MH@H Store.