If I Was a Newbie Fiction Writer

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I published my first novel in 2005 way back when self-publishing was still considered persona non grata. A friend of mine’s sister did my cover, and I formatted and edited it myself. Needless to say, I didn’t sell very many copies.

Sixteen years later in 2021 self-publishing is no longer persona non grata, and many authors who first made it big in traditional publishing are…