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Getting ready to publish

It’s simultaneously terrifying and thrilling to prepare a manuscript for publication. The first step (obviously) is to write the book. This is not an easy task. In fact, it’s downright daunting, terrifying, maddening. Being a writer is very difficult, but being your own publisher makes it even more difficult, because you’re also responsible for publishing and marketing.

Why I self-publish:

The short answer is, quite simply, that my submissions in the past have not been accepted by any traditional publishers or agents. My previous title Serenade, had some good and some bad feedback once I’d submitted for consideration, but overall there was little interest in publishing it for me. It’s a depressing thing at the time, because really it’s been my dream since I was eight years old reading Roald Dahl, that I would be a published novelist when I grew up one day. It’s that day now, I’m all grown up, and it’s mighty difficult not to feel offended. It’s also difficult not to feel like you’re a bad writer. After much deliberation, I opted instead to publish on Amazon (CreateSpace and KDP) – both very user-friendly platforms that make it not only easy to self-publish, but also to market your book. I self-publish because I love to write, and I wanted to share my stories with the world.

The process:

As mentioned before, writing the book is the first step. It’s a little bit more like a leap, actually, but once you’ve got that down, it becomes a little easier. From there, it needs to go in for professional editing. This is a vital step! You’re never going to pick up on all the mistakes in the book, no matter how many times you read it. You need a fresh, professional pair of eyes to look it over for you, not only for grammar and spelling, but also basic consistency. A really good editor is going to tell you that some scenes are crap and need to be rewritten. Don’t be offended. Be grateful. After that, it’s time to get your marketing started. That means cover reveal, pre-launch social media posts and engagement, and making the book available for preorder on Amazon.

The end result:

Well, it hasn’t been published yet, so we’ll see about that last part. I wrote a book, and now I want to share it. the rest, as far as I am concerned, is just gravy.

Magic is coming: 08.08.15

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