Today, self-published author, Caleb Kelly shares his writing journey …
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” — George Orwell
Who are you and when did your journey begin?
My name is Caleb Kelly and the decision to become a self-published author came about midway through 2016 when I began my first novel. Officially, I self-published my first (and only, for now) title in early 2017.
Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books published, where you publish, etc.
I am currently working on my second title and getting my mailing list started. I learned first-hand that a social media presence is REQUIRED to self-publish and be successful. So, I am tackling that obstacle now as well.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
I needed to get my name out there in the public. Self-publishing is the fastest and easiest way to do that. At least now I have an example of my writing for the public to view.
What’s the best thing about self-publishing?
Freedom. I can write what I want and take the time I want. No one over my shoulder.
And the worst?
Hard to do and be successful. It takes time, and grind, and determination. But, you must persevere and push through. It can be discouraging, but there are tons of us out there fighting the same fight!
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
The need of a social media presence. I would have been much better off trying to establish that before releasing my first title.
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
I don’t know that I would change anything. I have enjoyed my struggles and enjoyed meeting people who are similar in their goals and desires. I wished I knew then what I know now, however. I am still growing in a field I believe to be unmastered.
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
If you have a story in your heart that you want to tell, go for it. However, do it correctly. There are no short-cuts. Do the edits, and the second edits, and the third and fourth edits. In the end, the pride in your work will be more than fulfilling.
You can keep up with all Caleb’s news by following her social media accounts:
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Thank you for sharing your journey, Caleb. Here’s the blurb for Caleb’s debut, Scourge: Book One of the Divine Beast Trilogy
Raised to follow in his father’s footsteps, Nicholai “Dompeteur” Stone, hoists the Jolly Roger at a young age. With hopes of breaking the boy from his father’s legacy, Nicholai is cursed by a supernatural power, forcing him to live alongside the spirit of an ancient sea creature – The Leviathan. Though the power of the Leviathan grants the pirate lord unimaginable power, the price of taking a life is excruciating.
Twenty years later, Captain Dompeteur commands the crew of the Eidolon Serpent, a ship so fearsome its name has become a beacon of death to its adversaries. And with gold in sight, the captain is on the hunt for fantastical treasure.
But, things are not always as they seem. One decision will seal the pirate’s fate.
Will the infamous Dompeteur remain the “Scourge” of the open sea, or are his days at the helm over?
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