I recently made the decision to Self-Publish my first novel. I know that goes against conventional wisdom, but considering the lack of responses (other than rejections) to the gaggle of Agents I have queried, this is probably the path of least resistance for me. I have some short term needs hampered by this lengthy unemployment. I know I bite off 100% of the marketing, but the model seems to fit with what I want to do.
That being said, yesterday was a watershed moment in my writing career. The first proof for Haunting Injustice arrived for my review. I already knew I was going to do something different for cover art, but seeing it bound.. smelling the freshly printed pages… seeing my name across the front… I wish I could come up with better words to describe the moment, but exhilarating seems to be pretty close.
I floated my cover art attempt around some friends and got basically the same response. Good mystery cover – sucky paranormal cover. Immediately after that I got an offer from a professional graphics designer to do a complete custom layout with photo shoot. All she asked for was inside credit and references in the future. She said… “I have a soft spot in my heart for startups.” So, I think it best I take her up on it. Can’t wait to see the final design. Her preliminary thoughts are intriguing.
There were some other things I had to do to the internal layout. I’ve learned a whole lot about doing camera ready typesetting within MS Word. The publisher takes my camera ready PDF and uses that for the print.
Hopefully, the final proof will be approved by late January and the book will go on sale in early February.
It’s all very exciting!
There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth the publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to get sensible men to read it.~~ C. C. Colton