There’s a wonderful feeling holding your own book in your hands for the first time. I immediately looked it over from cover to cover. Then I took a picture of it and e-mailed it to a few people I knew would be happy to see the finished product. Then I sat down and read the whole book like I was a reader reading it for the first time. I looked for errors- there may be a misplaced comma, an extra space where there shouldn’t be-no matter how much editing has been done. I found nothing that disturbed the flow of the story. more importantly, I found myself involved with the whole story and the characters which was exciting for me because I really hope others are, too.
A word about costs. When you self-publish you have choices of publishers. I referred to this in an earlier post here. Other than Create Space you are going to spend a substantial amount of money to have a publisher take your e-mailed, attached manuscript. Dog Ear has five different plans ranging fro $1,100 to well over $3,000.depending on how many other benefits you want, like building you a website, adding e-book preparation, providing an audio book or a trailer for your website. You may pay more up front with this publisher, but reap more residuals after the sale. All the information you need is laid out in an easy to understand manner on the site. You know ahead of time your cost for each book ad what the profit will be ultimately. I learned that having a longer book, more pages, costs more. My first book was half the price of this novel.
Now the arduous task of digging into the marketing process in earnest begins.I did an initial marketing plan and set some things in motion, but the real work becomes more fine tuned now. I have not set up book signings yet or readings. I have met with key people in Advertising locally and am working on my over-all social media presence- a must today. Most articles mention that you don’t usually make much money on your book itself. It often is used as a tool for people who read the book to buy more costly after-products. This is done with non-fiction books the most. I need to get Hollywood interested.
I notice that with a trilogy- it takes longer for people to get on board as the second and third book may not be written yet. Book number two in DIMENSION NORRAENA is written and is being edited currently. It’s another 12 weeks before it will be published. I have begun writing the third book already as well. I want all three to be available as soon as possible.
It’s an interesting , exciting and occasionally tiresome process after the fun part (writing) is done.