It’s been a week since I published my first book on Amazon, and while it’s been a slow process to get word out, I decided to read through it over the weekend. Come to find out, there are at least six small, but noticeable, errors, either in typos or other grammatical errors. I could very easily pull up the file, fix every error I found, re-submit the file to be published, and within a day or two, it’ll be completely fixed. But, I’m deciding to leave them there until the time comes to write an updated version.
There are, I’m sure, many people out there who are fully capable of writing a book and publishing their work for the world to see. It’s far too common, unfortunately, that people simply don’t. Often times, especially in my instance, it’s paralysis by analysis; constantly revising and updating the manuscript until it’s absolutely perfect. The problem is “perfect” never happens. I’ve read hundreds of books, many of them bestsellers; it’s a daunting task to find one that doesn’t have some kind of error, no matter how small.
What I’ve learned about writing and publishing my own work is that the message is far more important than having perfect syntax, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. As long as your message is clear, concise, and easily understood, you’ve accomplished 90% of what matters.
There will be those that nitpick every error, and point it out to you. Chances are they haven’t published anything in their life, so don’t bother listening to them about the minutiae.
Everyone has a unique story that many people would love to read and learn about. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
I now have an Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/mikeguillen. All of my books will now be available through this link.
In the Comments, feel free to share an instance where you felt nervous about putting your work out for the world to see, but did it anyway. How did it feel before and after?
Have a great week everyone!