Thoughts from a Self-Published Author

In the June 24, 2013 issue of The Journal, Juliet Lauderdale interviewed Yawatta Hosby, an author and founder of The Procrastinators, a writers group in Charles Town, WV, about her career as a self-published author. Here is an excerpt from that interview:

Though the traditional method for becoming known in literary markets is via an MFA program according to William Miller, Ph.D., director professor of George Mason University’s MFA program. He said self-publishing has gained enormous popularity in recent years among writers who desire to maintain control over their project.

Hosby said for her this means determining the pace at which she will complete a project, the edits she will accept or decline, a book’s cover design and her product’s pricing.

Additionally, not wanting to spend the average $30,000 it would cost to complete a typical MFA program, Hosby, who is a 2000 Jefferson High School graduate and a 2004 graduate of West Virginia University, said she was confident she could obtain essential writing experience and training on her own, and she utilizes social media to gain exposure.

The self-starter said her research revealed that she would need to build a platform early to build an audience, so Hosby created a writer’s blog, which so far has received 16,000 hits.

She also created pages on Facebook and Twitter. She connects with other writers via Goodreads, and she added that The Absolute Write Forum is the best website she has found to network with publishing industry professionals to gain marketing and promoting tips.

The article contains more information for those who wish to self-publish a book. To read the entire article, click here:–creativity.html?nav=5006

3 responses »

  1. Thanks for sharing Fay! I have a question, and I’m not sure this is the right forum, but…since I have no idea where else to go, I’ll ask it here. 🙂

    I’ve seen and heard lots about self-published authors/novels, but rarely have I seen anything about non-fiction. Do you know where I could learn more about others who have self-published works of non-fiction?

    Specifically, I’m starting to give thought to packaging elements of my blog into an e-book at the end of 2013 (My Year of Sweat), with [hopefully] a good story about personal growth, health regained, weight lost, and self-confidence found. All without starving myself. 🙂 At least that’s the plan. Any suggestions you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

    • As a matter of fact, I’d recommend starting with Acorn Book Services at Please mention that I referred you. Acorn has a stable of authors that include fiction and non-fiction.

      And if you can come to the writers’ conference I am promoting, there will be several authors there who write non-fiction–successfully! You always want to talk to those who are selling books, not just writing them.

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