Saturday, October 10, 2015

IWSG: Publishing On My Own...I Think

A few days late. I always remember IWSG is coming up on a Tuesday or the week prior, then I work on Wednesday and...yeah...so...here it is better late than never :-)





The publisher who was going to take my three books in LANE CHANGES is not able due to work and other unsforseen circumstances. I have put 10+ years of work into my character and her life so I have to get it out there to share.

I did send it to a few agents and publishers back in July. When I was on Twitter last week, I noticed a post by Entangled Publishing and realized they hadn't responded about LANE CHANGES. I went into SPAM and there was a response. It was a no, however, they gave me some valuable feedback.

I then sent the first few pages to an editor to get a quote and got some feedback from them as well.

I am overwhelmed. I don't know what to fix first, so I'm backing up and finding beta readers and having one friend who is great with grammar to read it as money is tight with as my kids say "colleging"!

Then, I may ask the editor to just do a content edit which is half the price of a full on edit.

I guess after that, it's time to put it on Amazon or try, send it to Entangled or another agent/publisher... again? I'm a bit at a loss. The originial publisher gave me a ton of links to books and blogs on how to self publish but I need to carve out the time to go through them and take notes, much like a class.

On the plus side, a friend of mine recently got back into digital art and his pictures are absolutely amazing. He offered his help with a book cover, as that is what he wants to delve in to, so I may have that "covered". 

Anyone self publish? Do you have any words of advice or caution?

Thanks!

4 comments :

  1. I'm sorry your publishing plans didn't work out. I went the self-publishing route because I didn't want to wait forever to find an agent and/or publisher. Money was tight for me, too, but I refused to skimp on editing. I found a great editor and spread the payments out over time. Of course, it took a lot longer to get the book edited that way, but I came away with a quality product, and that's what you really need if you want to rise above the stigma that lingers with self-publishing. That would be my best advice — don't skimp on editing or cover design. Good luck!!

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    1. Did you do a full grammar/punctuation/content edit with your book? I'd love to "direct message" you sometime about your experience! Thanks for posting!

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    2. I actually had two rounds of editing done. I had the editor do a general content edit and then later, after several more rounds of revising, I had the editor do a final copy edit to catch any typos and punctuation issues. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth it to me.
      I'd be happy to answer any questions if you think it would be helpful. Just e-mail me at lmaclaug82@gmail.com.

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  2. It is overwhelming! I've looked into it but set it aside and kept writing. I do have a site where my cousin has written a very detailed how-to on self-publishing. Very helpful! Here are the links:

    https://stephaniefowers.wordpress.com/go-indie-guide-tips-on-how-to-self-publish/

    and

    https://stephaniefowers.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/how-to-make-your-book-into-a-mobi-for-amazon/


    I wish you the best, because this is where I stand, too!

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

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