Have you ever had to wait for anything? It seems the more you want it, the longer it takes. I’ve been writing for years, and seeing my first real book in print was something I could barely imagine. It also took a lot longer than I ever imagined.
My very first book proof is being printed as you read this. This is the final hurdle to make sure that the book looks right. It’s funny, when I started writing, I never thought about all the things I’d need to learn along the way. There are different facets to getting your book out there. Writing a book is just the beginning.
Revisions, formatting, e-publishing, Kobe, Mobi, E-Pub Kindle, Nook… What an education. But I’m glad for the knowledge.
I discovered that I can format books in all sorts of ways. Though I never considered myself an editor, I did a fair amount of it. In the end, I decided that the reason I was afraid to print the book was because I needed a real editor. A real editor requires real money. It’s an investment. If the book is out there for 5 to 15 years, it needs to be right. To me, Sean Patterson was worth the cost.
The cover became another hurdle. I used an image I took while I was in New Mexico and with the help of my husband Jack, who is quietly a photo retouch-er, we were able to modify it enough to fit the story. Then, Ed Coles and Gene Tenbrink helped me with title lettering and sizing the cover respectively. Thank you men, for a job well done! I’m glad to know them because I’m not done writing. I intend to keep going with this, and these gentlemen were professional all the way. I look forward to working with them again.
Publishing is a huge step obviously and had to be done in some way that will get the book to your readers. And that leads me to marketing. That’s something I’m working on myself.
The trick to being successful, I think, is to keep learning, while you’re waiting.
The good news: I can begin taking preorders (if you’re interested send me contact info–it will not be published–in the comment section after this post.
And now, with a little advance notice, I can do book signings and sell books! Wow! I’m going to have an adult beverage to celebrate this milestone, and then, I’m going to go write on the next book that’s been simmering on the back burner for a few days. Thanks for tagging along, I always like talking to you.