Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Insecure Writers, the Original Waffle Cone Wonders...


Howdy, Insecure Writers! Thanks for showing me the way, Candi!  And thanks to the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this awesome group. Go check out the other participants too. Thanks to the moderators too:  M. Pax, Karen Walker, and Melissa Maygrove

Several of you
cheered me toward
self-publishing last month.
I mean, really cheered,
but...
I am scared about
self publishing!
I haven't tried it.
It feels like it undercuts my one true strength.
I am the original team player,
but a team of one --
and I'm the one -- yikes!
The fact is me and alone
don't really mix.
I need people! 
I work well with groups. 
I'm flexible. I listen.
We get stuff done...
All alone, I tend to read books,
not write them.

Problem two, what about money?
I'm searching in the couch
cushions for
electricity bill
cash.
I'm not the heir of some modest fortune,
hence no cash to burn
on book covers, fomatting,
copy editing, line editing,
proof reading, blog tours.
All this necessary stuff
freaks out the dyslexic in me.
I don't know how
to finance a self-publsihed book.
No clue.

Another problem,
I wish I were a
nice a tidy writer,
paddling around in one genre
with singleness of purpose,
this would be a no-brainer,
but
I write in multiple genres,
for multiple age groups.
I write middle grade fiction.
Do young kids read ebooks?
I write YA fiction.
I write non-fiction and history picture books
about, you know, what ever floats my boat.
(I know, who does that?)
I write science fiction, gothic,
heartwarming fiction, fantasy and comedy.
Does anyone do this? 
How do you self-publish
a galaxy of stories like mine...

So insecure writers,
the original waffle cone
wants to know what you think:
should I try to self-publish,
given all these barriers:
organization-love, money, and
Eclectic-ness.
What are your thoughts,
oh, gurus of the insecure?

Finally, I do all my upbeat
positive blogging
over at Seize the day.
This is my backyard,
you know, you can't see it
from the street,
and in keeping with
the spirit of the Yellow Submarine,
I write everything here in broken prose,
because, yes, that's how I feel
about the writing
much of the time.

Enough of my drama,
in the words of the great poet,
Sir Paul McCartney,
"We all live in a yellow submarine."