My Future As A Writer

Deleting All My Self Published Stories

Back in 2013 I self published a novelette and two short stories on both Smashwords and Amazon. Out of a five star rating system the lowest rating on one of the short stories was 3.8. The novelette and the other short story both rated higher than four. I felt pretty good at the time, and still do, on how the reviewers liked my stories.

Each published piece had anywhere from a dozen to two dozens reviews, and while the stories I shared were liked, common criticisms mentioned spelling and grammar errors.

My self published novelette, one of the stories I removed today from Amazon and Smashwords. I had hired an artist to create my book cover art.
My self published novelette, one of the stories I removed today from Amazon and Smashwords. I had hired an artist to create my book cover art.

Where am I going with all this? Well, this morning I logged into my Kindle Direct Publishing account and unpublished them all. I did the same thing over on Smashwords.

Why I Deleted All My Self Published Stories

Because I didn’t like how I had written them. The stories behind the words I still love . . . but the words, the prose, was not done well. It bothered me to go back and look at what I had written. To be honest I was so excited at being able to self publish and put something out there to the masses that I did slow down and do a good job.

A lot goes into publishing, and I rushed it. It is a common mistake that many self published authors make, and it’s too bad really, because it gives self publishers a bad rap. For good reason.

So, after much debate and copious amounts of thinking about my future as a writer (and I have been thinking long and hard about it for more than a month now), I unpublished everything.

Looking Forward To My Writing Future

I have always liked writing and jotting down stories. I want to do more of it, and I want to try and discover my ‘voice’ as a writer of fiction and fantasy. I want to pursue publication again, but this time I want to do it better.

I will do so with more patience and strive to put forth something that I will be happy with in the years to come.

First things first . . . I need to write and I need to share. Then I will need to seek feedback and set my feelings aside and really listen to the feedback. I need to be better.

I have a plan.