Recently, I have been making lists. A lot of lists. I have lists with things to buy, things to do, things to research, things to decide. Lists organized by type of task, by target date, and by importance. Making lists is an excellent organizational tool and making lists is, by far, my preferred method of procrastination.
Self-Publishing might mean I have total control over the process, but it also means I have a lot to learn. With REWIND and UNLEASHED, my main focus was on making the writing shine. Now, besides the editing part, I have to (get to?) tackle all the other things that go into turning a manuscript into a book. There are tons of helpful guides out there in the cyber world but it’s still pretty overwhelming. I keep stumbling on answers to questions I didn’t know I was supposed to ask, and falling down rabbit holes of research that leave me more confused than enlightened.
I won’t bore you with my lists. I will share what I’ve managed to accomplish, starting with what I originally thought would be my biggest concern when I tackled self-publishing: printing and distribution.
Ironically, it turns out printing and distribution are pretty straightforward. There are choices to make, sure, but there aren’t that many. I’m going with industry Big Dogs and using a hybrid model so I’ll publish with both Amazon and IngramSpark. I’ll do a blog later on costs, but suffice to say that these two companies will create actual paper and e-book versions of RECKLESS, and they will ship them out to either individuals (Amazon) or bookstores (IngramSpark). Not that RECKLESS is likely to be in any bookstores. Bookshelf space is precious, fleeting, and rarely held by self-published titles. My goal in sharing the job with IngramSpark is so that anyone who walks into a bookstore will be able to order my book—and also to not have my entire sales fate tied up in the Amazon algorithm.
In our print-on-demand world, printing is also really fast. Or it will be once I upload the book. Which I can do after I finish editing it. And choosing fonts. And formatting. And having a cover, a blurb for the back of the book, two ISBN numbers (every format—electronic, paper, hardback, audio—gets its own ISBN), a book summary, a tag line . . . see? Lists! I need more lists!
Carolyn's Adventures in Self publishing
Self-publishing is a booming industry and the internet is awash in how-to guides on the topic. This blog is not going to add to the heaps of helpful information already out there. This is my story about the process I'm choosing to bring the final book in my REWIND trilogy to life.
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