It was incredibly exciting when Olivia J, a follower of mine on my instagram feed, said she would be willing to review my book. It was incredibly nerve-wracking when she messaged me later and told me she'd finished the book...in under a day.
Less than 24 hours? That can only mean one of two things. Either she was so enthralled by my work that she read it in one sitting...or she was so bored by it that she gave up after just a few hours.
I was hoping for the first, but prepared for the second.
Go for Launch...
December 3rd was a pretty big day for me.
I took the plunge and indie published my book. Finally. I'm not a big name. I don't have a big following. I didn't have the time or money to do everything you're supposed to to make sure your book goes to Number One on Amazon's bestseller list on it's first day.
And I knew it wouldn't.
But my work is out there. Its available. People can read it, and they have. And they really like it.
No Man is an Island
It’s a good thing, too, because, if you’re at all like me, you know you have a good book, you know (or are pretty sure most days) that it is something people will want to read, but you have no idea what steps you should take after that. How do you get a book ready for publishing? Do you edit it yourself? How do you make it available as an ebook? Should you buy advanced print copies or use POD (Print on Demand)? Do you even know what Print on Demand is? Because I didn’t. You need a reliable, knowledgeable source to answer all these questions, show you where to find more resources and walk you through the money matters of it all.
"Take the Leap, don't worry, you're not alone." - Tweet This
The Book That Taught Me (almost) Everything I Know
It turns out it’s not quite as glamorous as loading a bunch of your best friends into a van with some second hand guitars and playing your way across the country. But what I loved about the book is it’s logical progression from chapter one on, taking you from first draft to final draft to ebook publishing and beyond. April explains it all and there are tons of resources listed in the book and a website where you can get access to even more. There are worksheets available as well that I’ve found extremely helpful for doing side by side comparisons of different service providers and keeping track of expenses. If you aren’t sure where to start and are overwhelmed by the tsunami of information pulled up when you google ‘indie publishing’, I would suggest picking up a copy of The Indie Author Guide at amazon or checking out April L. Hamilton’s website.
And don’t forget to get out there. It’s scary and nerve wracking, but you have to make yourself get active in the community. Create the website, start an author Facebook page or Instagram feed ( I have, and I promise it’s not that scary. Check them out here: FB, Pintrest and Instagram) It’s not enough to buy the book, or join the forum and then stop there and let that manuscript turn to dust in your drawer. Take the leap. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
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