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Self publishing has always been in the back of my mind since I started writing. I met a lot of writers who are indie publishers and I’ve always admired their courage to take their writing into their own hands.

I think what has stopped me was I’m from the old school of writing wanting some big publisher to say they loved my book and give me a big check to publish it. Yeah I had that dream for years.

As I learned more about the business, I found out why a lot of people were publishing their own books. Mainly they didn’t want to sit and wait on someone to tell them their book was good enough. They believed in their work and was willing to step out and let others make their own judgment.

When you’re dealing with fear, stepping out is the last thing you want to do. You want to keep telling yourself, someone will buy your book. What you’re not telling yourself is that they won’t buy it if you don’t finish it or if you don’t submit it. For years I was that girl saying I’m writing, but not saying I’m not submitting.

I was scared to death to submit my work.

This weekend I realized I was scared to death to self publish it too.

I’m working with a business coach, LaTara Bussey and she said to me, LaShaunda you been working on this book for a while. You need to set a release date. My mind screamed, “are you crazy, no way”

It was easier to say I’m working on a book, than to sit down and schedule my book release.

Am I really ready to put myself out there?

Am I ready to see my dreams come true?


I’m still scared but I’m not going to let that stop me.

September 9th is my release date.
OMG I just wrote the date.

Pray for me because I’m starting a new journey in my life. I’m afraid but I’m holding on to the Lord’s hand this time. He will guide me every step of the way.

FEAR – get out of my way. I have dreams to work on.

Stay tune, this journey is interesting. Next week I’ll tell you what not to do when you thinking about book covers.


I didn’t make the September date, I was so not ready, but it made me buckle down and finish the book. Set a date so you can finish the damn book.

I’m so happy I stepped past my fears and published my own book it was the best decision I made for my writing.  Yes, I was scared but I’ve learned to do it scared.

No, I haven’t sold a million books, but I’ve met some amazing writers because they purchased my book and contacted me. That’s worth a million dollars knowing your book helped someone.

This publishing journey is a rollercoaster ride.  I learn something new every day.  My biggest lesson was the people you expect to buy your book will not buy your book even if they need it.  Dry your tears and keep it moving.  Find those readers who want to read your book and will happily pay for it.

I sent out a graphic today that said – Everybody Is not your audience.

Being an indie author means finding your audience because you don’t have a built in one like the big publishing houses. That’s ok because you are reaching the readers who want to meet you and read your book.  I told you it was a roller coaster ride.  Hold on tight and enjoy.

Why did you choose to self publish?

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