I’m published with multiple publishers. The idea of self-publishing didn’t really interest me for a long time. Although I have a background in marketing and communications, I had no desire at all to jump into the fray with other indie-pubbed authors. I work full-time, write part-time, and try to have a normal life somewhere in-between. Taking on all the backroom details of publishing my own work seemed extremely overwhelming.
But, the more I bought ads, attended conferences, met indie-pubbed authors, the more and more I became convinced that I could…should do it, too.
Why should I do it? Because it would give me more freedom with the stories I tell, and more avenues for connecting with readers who may be curious enough to pick one of them up 🙂
But, what does it actually take to self-publish? How many times have you asked that question, and no one gives you the step by step detail you really want. There’s always a step missing.
I’d ask a question about ISBNs, but nobody really explains the how-to of barcodes when they mention ISBNs, do they? When you ask about page count, nobody mentions how that relates to your cover art and spine width, do they?
I guess if you don’t ask the right questions, you won’t get the answers you need.
But, I didn’t give up. I texted (is texted really a word?) friends in the middle of the night. I took classes. I did a lot of things, but still it never quite felt like I had all of the answers and, of course, I didn’t.
But, as a result of trial and error, I have now released two self-pubbed titles: Christmas’ Journey and Beale Street Blues. Both are available in eBook, but only Beale Street Blues will be available in paperback.
Now that I am a super super pro at this whole thing, ask me anything. If you have questions, and I have an answer, I’ll give it my best shot.