Deciding to Get the Words Out There

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Writers write.

I know, that’s not news, but it is true. Writer’s write.

Why do writer’s write? The numerous answers to that question would make this post far too long and uninteresting. Some say they write for themselves. Others say they write because they have to. Some say they write to learn. Others say they write to heal.

I suggest writer’s write in the hopes that the words they write will be read.

Now, I recognize that sometimes the words we put down on a page are too personal to be shared. But I am the first to admit that I picture my great-great-great grandchild picking up the fragile pages of my journals in order to learn more about his/her family, in order to learn about my life. Do I want those journals published now? No way. But I still write them (although I haven’t for a long time) in the hopes that someday someone will read them.

I would that writer’s of stories, in particular, write words that beg to be read. So, if you’ve written something and labored over it, editing, revising, crafting and so on, the last thing you want is for it to sit on your shelves gathering dust and loneliness.

My manuscript for Giving Up the Ghosts has done just that.

But, in typical Lisa fashion, the fact that I have not found a home for that book has led somewhat to my inability to focus on writing another. I’ve started several, but deep inside my overly critical brain I hear this voice:

“Why bother loser? Nobody would publish your last one. Don’t waste your time!”

Sometimes I wish that little voice would just be quiet!

Yesterday, while I was talking to my partner in creative crime, Jackie she asked, “Why don’t you just publish it to kindle?”

Why don’t I? I could give you all the lame reasons and arguments I’ve said before about not self-publishing–but really they all boil down to one thing.

FEAR!

But, everyone I’ve shared this book with loves it. I worked hard. I know it is good. Do I expect to get rich off of it? No. But, I am even poorer if I don’t allow the book out in the world for people to read. Even if I only have a few readers, at least it would be read.

So, when I got back last night, I looked up how to publish it to Kindle, and it is super easy. I also discovered what looks like a super easy to publish physical (paper back) copies as well, that can be printed on demand.

So folks, I’m going to set my words free. Of course, some day I would love to get a publishing contract and sell books the traditional way–but, as in most of my life, the traditional way doesn’t always seem to work for me. So now I’m going to do it a less traditional way.

Why? Because writers write and stories want to be read.

Stay tuned for more specifics and wish me luck.

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kidspartyheaven
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 06:46:21

    As a storyteller I do believe that stories change the world.
    You have the power to change the world.

    I hope that doesn’t intimidate you now!

    Reply

    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 06:51:57

      LOL It might intimidate me later, but not with this story and this goal. I’ve already written the story, so I don’t feel pressured. It is not a change the world story, but I think it is fun and I think readers will enjoy it. I just have to work out format issues and get the cover together.

      Reply

  2. lifeintheboomerlane
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 06:54:33

    Good for you! Did you read my post about self-publishing? The industry is exploding. And yes, Kindle is a great resource. Another I just heard about is people publishing directly to online sources.

    Reply

  3. Barbarann Ayars
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 07:00:23

    I’ll give this encouragement a lot of thought when my memoir is whittled down to a size resembling reality. Meantime, maybe a book of essays might work. Thanks for the encouragement, once more.

    Reply

    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 07:11:16

      I don’t know if I would have decided this if I was still in the middle of the manuscript. But, although I’m sure I could find a few more things to change and fix, this baby has been finished for a long tiem.

      Reply

  4. lifeintheboomerlane
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 07:16:12

    Lisa, I just responded to your comment on my publishing post. I am so happy to share our experiences with other writers.

    Reply

    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 09:06:23

      Thanks so much. While I sort of got started this morning, I’m already freaking out a little bit.

      Reply

  5. Ed Williams
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 08:45:41

    Congrats on taking this leap! Keep us posted.

    Reply

  6. Tori Nelson
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 09:56:43

    Miss Thang is getting things done! I’m excited for you, Lisa!

    Reply

  7. vixter2010
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 10:13:21

    That’s great news Lisa, go for it!

    Reply

  8. the domestic fringe
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 12:03:35

    Yay! That’s SO awesome. I’d love to read your book, but I have a nook. 😦 Are you publishing it to smashwords or something, because I think all the e-readers can pick up those books. Let me know if and when it becomes available to nook and I’ll buy it! So happy for you. Congrats! I don’t think publishing it to an e-reader makes it any less great. In fact, I like the whole idea of indie authors. I’d almost rather read them.
    -FringeGirl

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  9. nrhatch
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 12:23:28

    You go, girl!

    If we are unwilling to risk anything . . . we risk everything. 😀

    Reply

  10. thepetalpusher
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 13:14:51

    Wishing you luck–congratulations! Glad you took the leap,.

    Reply

  11. jgavinallan
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 15:24:46

    Yes! You must keep trying. I know there is an agent and publisher out there, waiting for you. Also, another customer is available—right here!

    Jaye—hugs and luck

    Reply

  12. Taochild
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 12:56:54

    Woohoo!!!

    Reply

  13. Christinemgrote
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 13:11:54

    You’re exactly right. We want our words to be read.

    Reply

  14. Samyak
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 15:16:13

    i just dont know why wouldnt you publish it? I say go ahead and publish it both on kindle and the old fashioned way as well. what you fear from? i would certainly encourage you to go with the publishing. I remember a sufi saying which translates something like this into english: Why fear for what´s going to happen? If nothing happens, you walk away with the experience.

    Go Lisa, go!
    cheers

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    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jun 30, 2011 @ 21:40:53

      Thanks so much for your kind mention. I might bite the bullet and post the first chapter for your Fiction Friday, in the hopes that I might drum up some interest. Would that be okay?

      Reply

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