How To Become A Self-Published Author

By trish | entrepreneurship

Jun 19

In a recent trip to NYC with my client, dear friend, and author of  The Maagy Series, Virginia Burton Stringer, I learned what it really takes to become a self-published author. We traveled to NYC to attend Book Expo America, at The Javits Center, where we were pleasantly surprised to see so many other self-published authors, working hard to share the stories of their stories. Virginia is self-published through Archway Publishing, a subsidiary of Simon and Shuster. We were mingling with other authors at the Archway publishing booth and heard some fascinating stories from them.

Some were children’s book authors whose tales of fiction are based on their own children, while others wrote books about self-help for recovering alcoholics, and some wrote stories about battling/surviving cancer. It was quite eye-opening for me (and Virginia), but something that really stood out more than anything else was that people are still wanting books. Not kindle versions or audio books…but actual, physical books in their hands. That alone made Virginia feel even happier about her own work and efforts. The highlights of working with Virginia, though, have been the lessons she’s learned and shared with her audience about being a self-published author and the amount of grit, persistence, and perseverance it takes to ensure your hard work and art as an author remain your own.


I had my fuzzy little microphone out while chatting at the Archway booth. During this podcast interview with Virginia Burton Stringer, she pulls aside the curtain and well…her advice could save you some heartache and headache. I hope you enjoy the conversation and get some important takeaways that might help you with your decision to hire a publisher vs. being self-published.

To hear all of the podcast interviews I conducted during my time at Book Expo America, visit The Expert Connection Podcast on Anchor.fm.


About the Author

Trish Leto is a U.S. Navy Veteran and Live video marketing consultant. Her audience has crowned her the QUEEN of 5 Minute Lives™, a simple yet effective strategy for providing content that matters to audiences with just five minutes of live video and repurposing it for increased brand recognition and revenue. Trish is also an expert speaker, teaching strategies for social media while motivating and inspiring her audience to overcome self-doubt and Press Live With Purpose™. She recently quit her 9-5 job after over 18 years in the mortgage industry and is now helping businesses increase revenue with her strategies full-time. Trish has spoken on several stages, including the Military Influencer Conference (sponsored by USAA) in October 2018 and most recently spoke on the mortgage panel at Vaynermedia’s Agent2021 in Miami Gardens, FL. Her work has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and hundreds of nationally-syndicated television, newspaper, and magazine outlets She’s shaking up the industry leaving behind no excuses.