Many people are content to sit on the sidelines and criticize, but when you decide to self-publish a book you are leaving the stands and stepping into the arena. Anything can happen in there. You could win, you could lose, but at least you're playing the game.
I let fear keep me out of the arena for a very long time. I talked about my first book for seven years before I finally found the courage to make it a reality. I lacked the skills to create it, but once the courage came the skills quickly followed. Overcoming my mental blocks was the real challenge.
There were so many times along the way when I could have given up. I woke up an hour early for nine months to get it done. I gave up my weekends and vacations.
When I finished the book, I was afraid. What would people think? What would they say? Was it good enough?
As it turns out, finishing the book was just the beginning. I still wasn't fully in the arena -- not until I started telling people about it.
I took some risks, made some sales calls, sent a few copies to local stores and eventually found a distributor. It took 10 months to get my first 5 star review. Sales were slow at first, but soon hundreds of copies had been sold. Someday I hope it will be thousands.
The arena is not an easy place to be. But there are rewards waiting for those who are willing to step into it.