The Authorpreneur’s Journey: from blank page to book launch

Pour me a glass of whiskey, baby. And make it neat. God knows I need it. My head is pounding from being on the computer all day. For those of you who’ve been there, cheering me on – a big thank you to you. I wouldn’t have made it this far without your encouragement and candid feedback.

But Lord knows I still need that whiskey.

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The Workday

I’ve been up since 5am today, and it’s close to midnight now. The workday is over, but there’s still so much work to be done.

I have a TON of messages to respond to, a marketing proposal to go over and a team of people with differing ideas on how to proceed once the book is live. And I have to bring it all together cause let’s face it – two heads (or multiple heads?) are better than me thinking I can do it all alone.

But having to sift through their thought processes, find the nuggets of gold and mould it all into a nice piece of jewellery is a whole other story.

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I decided I didn’t want to single-handedly deal with the drama of uploading my book on KDP so I hired someone to do it. The last thing I want is my amateurish formatting printed on the pages of a book I’m so incredibly proud of. And whilst I know waaaay too many people in tech – the book business is the book business and comes with its set of idiosyncrasies. So I went ahead and found someone on Fiverr to take care of formatting the book cover AND the interior.

Hooray!

In life, you have to pick your battles. Every business owner eventually (or inevitably!) learns that you can’t do it all on your own.

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After attempts by both me and others who work in tech, the book cover was still not uploading properly. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. 

 

The Entrepreneur’s Journey

Back in the day – five generations ago – when my ancestors got on that ship and made their way to Singapore, they relied largely on family and family friends to find their way in the world. But that’s not the world I find myself in. It’s different with my generation. We’re part of the sharing economy. My mum jokingly quipped that we ‘young people’ work with the ‘cloud’ whilst during her time, they worked with the land.

I laughed.

There is some truth to that. But the entrepreneur’s journey is still the entrepreneur’s journey.

Every entrepreneur begins with a desire and a vision. And along the way, one inevitably encounters the difficulties of manifesting one’s vision in the world. But that’s part of the journey.

It isn’t easy, but with one step at a time and one day at a time, you will get there.

As an author, I remembered starting with a blank page and filling it with a story I so desperately wanted to tell. And in less than a year, I’ve gone from that to having a sequel in the works and finding support from the most unexpected of places.

I don’t know what will happen when my debut novel is finally launched, but I’ve enjoyed the journey – even the difficult, frustrating bits. I’ve learnt so much about how books are made, and I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing people to bring my vision to life.

It’s been wild. It’s been grand.

It’s time to celebrate the little victories. With a glass of neat whiskey. It’s the only way to go.

Ice is for heathens.

Author: Dipa

Founder of Mith Books

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