How to Become a Published Author


These days, it's easier than ever to self-publish on Amazon. Some of today's most popular authors got their start using the Amazon self publishing platform. E L James of Fifty Shades of Grey fame and Andy Weir, the writer behind The Martian (which eventually became a major motion picture of the same title), both made their writing available to readers independently from a leading publishing house.

Last week, I put the finishing touches on my first book which is now available in the Amazon store.

Unemployed Kat: Adulting is Hard is a compilation of essays, handpicked and lightly edited from my blog, Unemployed Kat.

I started the blog nearly a decade ago when I first graduated from the University of Chicago in 2010. I was an unemployed millennial with a Psychology degree and felt completely clueless about next steps. The blog seemed like a good way to build up a writing portfolio and help me pass the time until I decided on a path.

A few months later, I got my first job offer, moved back to Washington, DC, and threw myself fully into twenties life. I continued the blog over the next several years as a way to capture the crazy whirlwind of post-adolescence, pre-adult adventures.

I'm proud to say that the blog has garnered a loyal following and racked up hundreds of thousands of views since it launched. With these supportive readers in mind, it made sense to offer up a more tangible version of the blog -- something enduring.

If you're interested in learning more about self-publishing on Amazon, I'd be happy to work with you to streamline the process. Once you have a finalized manuscript, it's possible to take it from text to publication in under a month. Contact me for details.

Check out Unemployed Kat: Adulting is Hard today and consider purchasing the book this month. I'll be donating 100% of all royalties in October towards disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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