Why all authors should learn self-publishing skills
As you may have seen, we're in the middle of two big member events at Jericho: Getting Published Month (running throughout March) and Self-Publishing Month (running throughout April).
I joined the Jericho Writers’ team this time last year, just as they were preparing for the in-person version of these events and was asked to go to London to help out on-site (this was back in the times when we could hold events in real life!).
At the time, I was desperately trying to get an agent, so was keen to attend Getting Published Day. I was less enthusiastic about Self-Publishing Day... I knew I wanted to follow a traditional route, so felt learning self-publishing skills would be irrelevant.
Fast-forward 12 months and I now can safely say how wrong I was.
While I have vaguely followed the traditional path (my debut novel ‘All My Lies’ will be digitally published with Simon & Schuster next month, woo!) I can honestly say what has benefitted me most in the run-up to publication are the ‘self-publishing’ skills I’ve picked up through Jericho.
Understanding things like how BookBub works, how to build a mailing list, why your book might end up in a seemingly bizarre and unrelated genre category on Amazon - these have been a lifeline during the rocky road to publication. Because whilst my publisher makes the decisions, at least I understand them.
So, my tip to any writer wanting to be published - no matter the route - would be this: learn every skill you can. You’ll feel more empowered and generate greater writing success for it, I promise.
If you'd told me this a year ago, I probably wouldn't have paid much attention. But would love to know what everyone else thinks.
Are you hoping to get a traditional deal but can see the benefit of gaining some self-publishing skills? Or think it's totally irrelevant to you?
And of course, whatever publishing route you're interested in, if you're coming along to Getting Published Month or Self-Publishing Month, do let me know!