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How Does it feel to Publish a Book?

How does it feel to publish a book? Strangely mixed. I suppose it would be different if I’d gone the traditional route of finding an agent, who finds a publisher, who finds a distributor and then you get to see your book in shops. That must be a thrill. But I self-published, and after all the writing and the technical side of it, by the time I held the book in my hands it was more of a thrill for my loved ones. For me, it was a bit of an anti-climax. Now I have to promote it, but I’d rather continue writing my next book of poems and one of short stories, plus a big non-fiction project I must get on with. There is also that side to it where your creation is out in the world for all to

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