10 reasons self-published authors should be terribly proud of themselves

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  1. You wrote a book.
  2. You wrote a book that you are willing to let other people read.
  3. You wrote a book that you are willing to let strangers read.
  4. You wrote a book that you consider good enough for people to pay for the privilege of reading.
  5. You wrote a book and identified the team of people (editors, proofreaders, cover designers, book designers, beta-readers, general supporters) that you needed to get it out into the world.
  6. You didn’t wait for someone else to tell you that you were good enough to publish.
  7. You bring stories to the world that traditional publishing may not recognize as marketable or saleable. You publish anyway. You know your audience, and you deliver to them what they have been waiting on for so long.
  8. You have figured out how to format a manuscript so that it looks good on Amazon, Smashwords and other ebook vendors.
  9. You have figured out your own way to get the word out about your work.
  10. You have figured out your own way to fun and profit, and that is what you should be proud of most of all.

Elizabeth Andre is a proud self-published author and fan of the Oxford comma.

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