Guest Blogger: Shawn P.B. Robinson – Part 1
I swore I never would self-publish. Far too much information and far too much trouble. Ah how things change with time. I now have two self-published novels and am working on two more books.
There is still a lot information, but now there are blogs devoted on self-publishing to help sift through it all.
Shawn Robinson is an author, blogger, and self-publishing researcher who hosts Self Publishing on a Budget.
In this post, Shawn introduces himself. In the next post, he’ll post about the difficulties of self-publishing.
I asked Shawn: Why blog about self-publishing?
You ever drink from a firehose? Me neither. I expect it’s not a fun thing to do, nor do I think it would be helpful.
One of the qualities of a firehose is that it tends to be able to expel a great deal of water in very little time. In fact, I don’t think it would be a stretch to say it expels too much water for anyone to properly take in (yes, I split that infinitive like a boss! I also ended that sentence with a preposition. Careful, I might dangle a participle soon).
When I first started researching the whole concept of Self-Publishing, I felt like I was drinking from a firehose. There was too much information to take in and I couldn’t make sense of it all.
I also found that the information I needed was harder to find that I thought it should be. I would search for information and I just couldn’t seem to find complete answers. Sometimes it would be close to what I needed, but often the info wasn’t overly helpful. It wasn’t long before I was frustrated.
I figured that if I was frustrated, there were probably others out there who were struggling as well. I knew what I needed to do. I needed to research it myself. I knew as well that if I researched it all, I might as well put it together for others in a clear, helpful blog.
Now, since that time I have found some well-written and helpful blogs, but they eluded me at first. It’s great to be able to add to those helpful blogs.
I want to thank Phyllis for the chance to be able to share a little on her blog! In my next two blogs, I’ll share some of the problems I faced early on as I was learning about Self-Publishing (cost, lack of information and even refusal to help).
Until then, all the best in your Self-Publishing journey!
Shawn P. B. Robinson