Sherri Lupton Hollister

I have a group of people: family, friends, and fellow writers who cheer me on whenever I lose heart. I know that I am lucky, not everyone has this support.

If you are like me and suffer bouts of insecurities and second guesses, then the best advice I can give you is to find your tribe. Search your local papers, ask your librarian, or look online for a group of like-minded writers. There are groups of writers in every genre and format. If you don’t find the group you want/need, start your own.

Be an advocate for another writer. I review books for writer friends and acquaintances, and I’ve recently started accepting requests for book reviews from writers I do not know. Building your community around you helps you grow, become stronger and learn. Keep learning and keep writing!

For years I wanted to be traditionally published. I fought the self/independent publishing route partly from fear but also because I wanted to be accepted by the popular kids. I wanted someone to read my book and

say, “Yes, I have to have this book in my life!”

The other reason I feared the Indie way was financial fear. You can spend a lot of money getting your book published and promoted. Making the right choices of where to spend the money: Everyone I have spoken to has said you need a good editor. If the book isn’t well done you will only sell one. I think the second important thing to spend money on is the cover. While there are programs you can purchase to create your own cover, there are also people who will do a good job and not charge a fortune. I believe having a cover and promotional stuff with the same images helps promote the book. Like falling in love, it is that first impression, the way something looks that attracts us first. To attract a reader—a great cover, to keep them —a good editor!

Thanks to online publishing and print on demand, it is easier than ever to publish a book. If you are truly fearful, start with an e-book and go from there. I encourage all who dream of becoming published authors to not wait like I did. Take a leap of faith and see what happens.

I’ll be sharing my journey with you from forgetting to add page numbers to my first book signing. I hope you will stay with me on my publishing adventure.

2 Replies to “Encouragement”

  1. Hi, Sherri! I found you through our RWA Writing 101 course! I wasn’t able to find you on Twitter or Facebook for some reason, but if you’d like to hang out at either spot, you can find me at, or We’re practically twins, by the way: I love small-town romances (working on a 3-book series in a little town in Oklahoma) and we have the same blog template. 🙂

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