Becoming a Published Author is Never Easy, So I’m Using InkShares: Part 1

Does anyone else find that writing comes easier than the submission process?

There are tons of writers out there, writing, getting published, read and circulated. Even the self-published authors somehow seem to have 1000’s of fans and readers.

How does this happen?

How does someone get their foot in the door? 

I honestly don’t know. 

I have tried to get published many times. I have submitted countless short stories, and my novels only to be either ignored, or rejected. Rejection, despite all you hear, is much better than getting ignored.

I was an editor for a Literary Journal, an assistant editor for a periodical on kid’s health, and I’ve been published in Thought Catalog and Feeding My Kid; but my fiction has never gotten me anywhere. 

I have self-published on the kindle two books, but those only get me some marginal sales. The goal of any artist is to try and live off the work you create and so far being able to purchase a few cups of coffee isn’t living (though I do love coffee). 

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So I’ve decided to try a new tact. I am submitting on InkShares my book and I will detail that process. 

I submitted it to the Horror Contest on InkShares which ends October 31st. 

Now, if you haven’t heard of InkShares it’s a crowdfunding site that offers you the chance to get your book published. The catch being that you have 90 to 180 days (whichever you pick) to get your book funded. In other words, you have to try and nag people you know, or on the site to preorder your book. 

This is an interesting endeavor to crowdfund your own work. To market and put yourself out there. 

Already I have run into some issues. Trying to sell yourself is never easy. The platform is filled with other writers who, though many care about books supporting others, are really there trying to promote their own books. 

For the next few weeks I will be updating posts about the process. I will let you all know how it goes, if it goes, and if it’s going well. 

If it goes well, I’ll tell you exactly what I did. 

Have any of you used InkShares? What’s your experience been? Let me know in the comments below.