I’m in the process of un-publishing my book at Leanpub. Not that I’m giving up. No way. No how. I’ve actually have a better opportunity. I found an independent publisher (or I should say they found me) who wants to work with me on the book. Of course, I’m not going to turn that down.
What I’ve learned from the Leanpub experience is that there is no short cut. Yes, the concept of publish early, publish often is great, but I actually had to do it. I lost my momentum when I got that rut with Chapter 10 and working the computer side of brain.
There is another, just as important reason, for my lack of success at LeanPub. It’s also why I think traditional publishers are still going to be around for a while. Marketing and buzz. I had to find a way to promote Spirit every day in some way until it caught on. In my case, I didn’t have to do anything big or spectacular. If I had written here on a daily basis, I would have kept the content fresh and my presence in front of people. Then I could have gone on and secured myself a couple more guest blog posts and done other networking until I had built up the buzz. I could have even published Spirit as a serial on Amazon.
So why didn’t I do any of this? Because I didn’t want to worry about a bad review by offering a halfway finished or rushed to completion book. I wanted people to be caught up in the story from the moment they read the first paragraph and not have their reading stopped because of some misspelled word or misplaced period. I wanted to stay true to myself and do it for the satisfaction of the dream, not the pursuit of the money. The only way I will be satisfied with Spirit, or any of my other books, is to create characters and their stories that will be remembered for years, not weeks.