(Again, this point may be extra-relevant given the pandemic; those who now feel disconnected from real-life friends may find a new social fix in the self-pub community.)
And Twitter isn’t the only place to join and participate. There are countless websites, Facebook groups, and various hashtags to check out on other social platforms for self-publishing authors. (Instagram is a big one for Christian authors, though you may find it difficult to connect with larger groups, as most communication is figure-to-follower.)
For a faith-focused experience, make sure to include “Christian” as a keyword in your searches. However, note that most self-publishing circles are just as welcoming and inclusive to Christian writers as Christian-specific ones!
Of course, you don’t need to decide between traditional and self-publishing at this very moment (and you should definitely check out the various Christian publishers out there before you do). But isn’t it nice to have options and the ability to choose, especially with so little flexibility in other parts of our lives for the past year?
I won’t deny that self-publishing isn’t for everyone, but it may very well be right for you — and I hope this 3-part-post has given you plenty to chew on as you make this important decision.
Author - Desiree Villena is a writer with Reedsy, a platform that connects authors with the world's best resources on how to publish a book, as well as publishing professionals to help them reach their goals. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys reading contemporary fiction and writing short stories. She’s currently working on an untitled romance novel, which she hopes to self-publish in 2021.