Some Things I’ve Learned From Self-Publishing

Be thankful

I find if I’m busy being thankful that it helps me to focus on all the positive instead of  the many negatives that I could drown in.

If you have lived very long, you know that this one is spot on. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your book or books. The important thing to remember is to keep going.


I know I am the only one in the whole wide world that compares themselves to others. But in case I’m not, let me just say that there will always be people around to compare yourself to, but I’m learning to focus on what I’m doing and be happy.


Even with my children’s books I have to edit and edit and edit and edit. Did I mention I have to edit my children’s books. No matter what I write, I have to edit.

Be thankful

This is worth repeating.



I have made mistakes. I do make mistakes. And I will make mistakes. The important thing again to remember is to keep getting back up.

Full time job

Whoever said they were going to self-publish as a hobby obviously had never self-published. I’m learning more and more that it is a full time job. Whether it is writing and editing your book, making changes after it’s been edited by an editor or then there’s the formatting the boook. And if you illustrate like I do, then there is the illustrating. And then there’s the dreaded marketing. I think I’ve mentioned somewhere before that I hate marketing. It hasn’t changed. I still don’t like it.


I’m not as well versed in this as I would like to be, but I’m learning. This day and age you have to use social media.family

No explanation needed.chiefbottlewasherWhen you self-publish, you have to do a little bit or a lot of everything.


This is a reminder to me as much as it is to anyone who is reading this.

Until Next Time,

J. W. Nicholson



Yucky Marketing


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(Marvin is Hungry ebook is now available on Amazon. Click on the picture for the link. The hard copy will hopefully be available by the end of the week.)

I realize that Yucky Marketing is such a formal term ( very sarcastic voice). I want to know do you like marketing your books? Does anyone? I confess, I am forty-one years old, and I know that I am not crazy about marketing. (Not even a little bit). I honestly don’t like trying to sell myself. My brain tells my body to run and hide.  But, I realize that if I am going to sell my books that I have to do some marketing. That’s why I was relieved Saturday when my oldest son and my husband chimed in that they would take care of a good portion of marketing my books. I cannot tell you how relieved I am. And as I write this I am still relieved.

You see, I like creating the illustrations, and writing the book. I can’t say that I totally enjoy reorganizing my pages so that the bleed comes over enough. No, that is more than a little frustrating. But I definitely don’t like trying to sell who I am. And I don’t like being pushy. I can remember working as a social worker, and the drug representatives for pharmaceutical companies would meet with the doctors. I remember them being pushy which their job was to do that.  But I remember thinking, I wouldn’t like that job not even a little bit. As a social worker, I didn’t mind advocating for my patient, but selling products made me cringe. And it still does. If any of you have any suggestions for making the process easier, I am all ears!

So this week, a new Instagram account is on the agenda. Possibly, a business Facebook account, and whatever else my husband and son decide. And I will continue working on my books which I would rather do anyways.The following pictures of my books have the links if you want to take a look.

Until Next Time,

J. W. Nicholson (The Windy Writer)

P.S. I decided to use The Windy Writer as more of a business blog. We will see how that goes. Windy comes from my middle name. thebotanicalbookcover6x9

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What’s Your Story?


cropped-headerforwritingblog5.jpgWhat’s your story? A single mother. A single father. You know how to make millions. You like to encourage people. You don’t like to encourage. You were abused. Broken. Everybody’s got a story.

You think no one wants to hear it. Or, maybe they need to hear it. Everybody’s got a story.

No money in your pocket. Tattered clothes. Adopted. Maybe you were picked on in school. Taunted. And maybe you overcame. And maybe, just maybe, it’s your story that would change someone’s life. No. Yes! No, you say. Yes, maybe it would. You’ll never know unless you try. I’ll never know unless I try. YOU GOT THIS!


You got this

A southern accent. A broken down car. A lazy left eye. Somebody needs to hear your story. You’ll never know unless you try.

I tried. I failed. So, you get up, dust your pants off, and start again. You can do this! I can do this! We can do this! YOU GOT THIS!



*Feel free to leave a little of your story in the comments below. I really want to hear it.







Why I’m Here

Have you ever needed encouragement with your writing? Have you ever felt insecure? Have you ever wondered why you even bother to write? I have. My head has hung low, and I have cringed when someone read what I wrote. It didn’t matter if they thought it was good or not. It didn’t matter that they were smiling when they read it.  What mattered was the minutes before I knew what they thought about it. I realize that not everyone feels like this. My husband is one of those people. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. I want to be more like him when I grow up. Right?

Why am I here? I’m here because I want to use this blog as a place of encouragement for anyone that might drop by. And if there discouraged with their writing or life or anything in between maybe they will be encouraged by something they read.

I also want to educate others about my publishing experiences. And how if I can do it anyone can.

And I want to inspire others to dream big while I learn how to fly. I’m still learning. I haven’t got this whole thing figured out yet, but every time I have stumbled, I have picked myself up again and kept moving. That’s what I want to do here is encourage others to keep moving!

I want to be that positive voice. And I’m here because I want that little boy on the train up there, along with my other two, to shoot for the stars! That’s why I’m here.  I want to show them to go after their dreams!

Until next time,

Judith Windy Nicholson