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Letter to a Struggling Writer

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I’m a struggling writer.

I struggle because some days I don’t write. Some days I write and it sounds like crap.

I’ve decided every Sunday I’m going to write myself a letter and talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of my past week.

Maybe I’ll come back and read these letters. I probably won’t, but it feels like the right thing to do right now.

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My Self-Publishing Journey So Far

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This blog is a record of my self-publishing journey and I haven’t talked about publishing yet. Today I want to share where I’ve been, what my platform looks like today and goals going forward.

Self-Publishing History

I have self-published four Kindle books in the past. They covered topics such as time management, confidence for introverts, gratitude and how to conduct effective meetings.

None of them are currently on Amazon.

The quality was not high. I did all the writing and editing and cover design myself.

The writing was OK, the editing should have been done professionally and the cover was OK, but not jaw dropping.

I learned the ins and outs of uploading e-books, how to write an effective book description and all the little things that need to be done to get a book into Amazon.

That was almost two years ago. Two years ago I thought I had Kindle publishing figured out. Fast forward to today and there isn’t much I would do the same. That is the reason I pulled the books.

I’ve seen plenty of books that were worse than mine. The problem is I saw a whole bunch that were better.

I fell into the trap of writing quickly and waiting for the market to tell me what I needed to improve. The issue was if you don’t do the writing, editing and marketing well you will get lumped in with all the other Kindle authors who take the easy way to publishing.

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