Amanda Salisbury

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I am no expert on author legitimacy. What I do know is that it took me weeks – no, months – to feel legitimate enough to start this site. After years of aspiring and writing and reading most of the web’s collective wisdom on being an author, I found the transition difficult. Who am I to say I’m beyond aspiring? That I am allowed to bear the title AUTHOR?

An author perhaps? No, that can’t be it.

I’ve had a short story available on Amazon for a long while. I published it. It’s short. Nope, no way that counts.

In February, I signed with Anaiah Press for a picture book due in 2015. Hmm. Well, the contract calls me ‘the Author’. But I don’t have a book published yet. It’s a small press, but a press nonetheless. Maybe I should wait a bit before presuming I’m actually a ‘the Author’. Maybe I should wait until the You’re-a-Bona-Fide-Author Squad (sorry, I couldn’t find the link – very secret) knocks on my door. Wouldn’t want to jump the gun. Violate all those unwritten rules. Make the secret-everybody mad. Abuse all the clichés. Not worth the risk.

Also in February, I decided to self-publish a novel through a family owned entity. I hired a cover designer – the fabulous Melissa Stevens at The Illustrated Author. She created a great, soon-to-be-revealed cover and an already-revealed series brand.


I printed beta reader editions and handed them out to total strangers for their May book club. I’m preparing a Kickstarter campaign to fund editing by Chuck Sambuchino and a book trailer by Red 14 Films, plus a printing.

I don’t know. Is effort enough? Do I need someone out there to give me legitimacy, or can I just take it for myself? I mean, surely legitimacy comes well before bestseller status. But does it come after…something?

Yeah, I don’t know. Still, I did change my Facebook identity to Amanda Salisbury Author/Illustrator. I suppose now it’s official.

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3 responses to “Legitimacy”

  1. Amanda, I’m feeling the very same way. My picture book Gianna the Great will come out in March 2015 and I’m still not sure how to feel about it. After wanting this for so long (55+ years) I’m finally in print? Can I believe it? I guess so, I’m on Anaiah’s website as one of their authors so I guess that makes it official. I’ll feel better when I see the finished product. 🙂

  2. Sounds official to me!

  3. I believe that, at the very least, the moment you hold your own book, professionally bound, with your name printed on the cover qualifies you as legitimate. If you’re not going to count the other things (which I certainly do) then count this 🙂

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