I speak to lots of wanna-be authors who have a book ready to go. "Ready" is a relative term, but let's say that's true. It's easier now than ever to become a "published author". There are dozens of sites ready to help.
What people often don't recognize is the
maintenance needed after that publishing takes place. There simply
aren't many people out there holding their breath until you publish a
book. When it's up there, on Amazon or Nook or Smashwords or whatever;
when it's available in hardcover, paperback or e-format, you have to let
And that's really, really hard.
what they can. Both my publishers get me reviews and praise my books on
their websites and FB and wherever else they're allowed to. The problem
is they have lots of writers on their list, and there are oceans of
other publishers trying just as hard to get their authors noticed. Each
mention of my name is a drop in that ocean, hardly noticeable to most
So the author is left to establish and maintain a
presence in the reading world. That can be done on-line or in person, but
neither way is easy.
Recently I got an email from a site
called Authorsden, which lists books in categories so readers can easily
find what they'd like to buy/read. They asked that I check to make sure
my entries were current.
How about not??? I'd listed the first
two books and then forgotten about the site, since there are always new and
different ones popping up on my radar.
I added two books, but it took about an hour to plug in the information they asked for: reviews, links, etc.
Now I have four listings there, but I'll be up to a dozen books once the two in the pipeline are up this spring.
can publish a book, but are you willing to maintain your presence as an
author? It isn't like setting out a sugar cube and watching the flies
gather. It's more like trying to fill a well with stones: it can be
done, but it will take more time and work than you planned on.