Anonymous said: “the beginning is easy, what happens next is much more difficult.”
For me it all with a short story began and ended with three novels. Between the beginning and the end of a novel I call writer’s sweaty time. You can write your own version of a trip. We share that certain feeling. Time spent staring at a blank page, wait for exactly the right word. We know what it is like when the story comes to life and the struggle of our way to the end, finally making, often surprised when we make there actually finding.
Think writing right like hard work?
Looking back, writing was the fun part of the journey for me and in retrospect was the easy part. If I my first novel finished I sat back with a smile of celebration, unprepared for the next steps. The next steps included cover editing, design and the selection of a printer.
I have a hard time doing my own edit. I’m missing the same mistakes over and over to keep. I need a good editor, someone who understands the grammar and spelling, but also the story flow follows. Phew! That was my reaction when I realized how much it would cost. How many of us have to pay an unlimited budget for editorial services? I certainly do not. Whether we are on a fixed income in retirement or carefully balancing family, work and write, the actual processing costs can be daunting. The costs do not edit, can be however catastrophic.
It was my luck finding an editor, the talented and cheap.
I am not proud of the look of my first two books. There are some OK cover templates on the market, but they tend to templates look bland, and honestly said. If you wish to withdraw a book in the mass, you need a cover that will proudly do your book. I tried the generic cover templates, and although beautiful, such as in OK, they were missing a look that has reached somebody on a crowded shelf in a bookstore. But I was lucky, find someone who could make an excellent coverage, and at a price I could afford.
How happy was I? I ended up with a great designer, someone to look at each of my novels in a graphical design, covers, translated hinting on the story between the covers.
Today, authors have several good print options to choose from. Independent authors can you choose from a variety of companies service of the self publishing community and simple with your preferred search engine. I use offers a menu with printing options, it allows me to use print-on-demand (POD) technology. I need not my garage or closet as a Commons, and use the costs for a large number of print. I can use the POD computer. If I have an order for a novel, which I go online, and my computer/camp springs into action and shipping does the rest.
I have learned to the Internet map offers carefully consider self publishing services. Unfortunately, there are some villains lurking on the Internet, waiting for a writer use ego. It pays around questions and make sure that you check references.
Once the books are written and printed, comes the most difficult part.
THE MOST DIFFICULT PART
Cut Caesar Brutus all Julius made what was called the unkindest. Marketing is the most difficult part of this sentence, from the perspective of the author, borrow. Few of us have the knowledge and talent for marketing. Still, as a writer, we want our novel, market as actor on the stage, players without a script thrust.
I can tell you from experience how much courage it took to go in a bookstore for the first time, buy a book, but ask them, sell mine.
I thought I had a grasp of what it take would my novels, but the market learned, through trial and error, and ended with a portfolio of ideas for low-cost, do-it-yourself marketing. I have learned the saying goes, we sell books at one time, the old-fashioned ways and means to embrace.
Not everyone has to be the stomach a relentless self-promoter, but that’s what it takes. There is no magic, which in turn is my novel in a bestseller and all the fame that goes with it. I’m learning to sell a book at a time and the old fashioned method.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S HELP
Think an indie about it, as you author and take publishing control of your destiny?
Welcome to the indie publishing revolution. Resources for authors like you exist. You can find help, provide you with a triptych, a guide for you as a writer, one who intends to self-publishing. Their goal is your book in print, as a book, you can be proud.
I use Createspace, an Amazon publishing arm, but there are others that offer similar services. Books booth publishing, IUniverse, Lulu, etc.. A menu service offer you all, that is right for you choose allows.
It is a review of the self-publishing I found informative. Check it out at http://reviews.cnet.com/self-publishing/. It is a useful, unbiased review
I found an editor, a designer and was an “accidental marketeer” offers affordable, good reads required. Then the magic happens. My readers make the vote that counts, read and like, what they are reading. I have to write the trial and error storm and weathered publishing and are now ready to share this experience, the the independent choice.
I wish you good luck with your writing and you encourage, consider an indie author,