Ask yourself if you really want to succeed. Stupid question? Far from it. Success means many things to many people. Webster’s definition that I like best speaks of being favored. Not an exact quote, but that’s one of the deepest meanings. To be favored is often to meet with hostile envy. Can you take it? Think about it long and hard, because it’s an emotional basic of self-publishing. Not everybody can do it and some will be envious if you’re successful with it.
Now, to the nitty gritty. Not enough of you who are interested in self-publishing are willing to do the basics. Study the market for your book — first. Sound crazy? Greedy? It’s not. Why spend a big chunk of your time, emotions and energy on something that a little spadework will show isn’t going anywhere? I can hear you groaning that you write from the heart and that’s what matters, isn’t it?
Indeed it is, so why not consider tweaking your treasured baby so it’s what you want it to be and it fits what the reading public wants. For that, you’re going to need a market analysis that will tell you who’s reading what, what’s selling, where, and for how long. Anybody who writes a book and doesn’t get a market analysis is cheating him or herself. Like love, you have to be involved with it to appreciate it, and like love, it grows and develops as you put yourself into it.
I thought it was crazy to get a market analysis at the beginning. I’ve learned better and I think you will too. They aren’t expensive. You can google it or you can contact Wheatmark.com. It’s much to your advantage. Try it.