I used to teach children to play chess. One of the most important lessons is to think before you move. Most especially, “Think about the move you’re going to play.”
For myself, I’ve been thinking about being published since I was seven. I didn’t want to be self-published because I didn’t want to be a salesperson. But the more I’ve learned, the more I’ve realized even “properly” published authors have to do sales.
I'd imagined self-publishing would be far too expensive too, till I saw Lulu’s ad. Then with sparkling dreams of Amazon, and without thinking, I made my move.