Some advice from a fellow author

This week, I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing local author Lyn McConchie. She not only understands the media and gave me some great material, she also gave me some great advice. Those who’ve known me a long time know I sometimes doubt myself. I guess I’ve been a bit of a chicken about approaching a traditional publisher.
Self-publishing is hard work. You have to get it to the right format. Then you have to market it. If that’s not your forte, you may not sell enough books to make it worth your while. If you’re only looking at having a small number of copies, then it’s a good way to go if you want to control the process.
One of the things I’ve learned is that we can look at other people’s writing and think, ‘I’ll never be as good as that’. We need to stop judging our work by what we read from others. Everyone writes in their own way. It’s not about being better than someone else, it’s about using your voice your way to tell the story. Otherwise we’re just trying to imitate another writer.
Lyn said to me to write what you want to write, then look for someone to publish it. 
To me, that allows you to have control over the worlds you create.

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