Friday, 18 September 2015
Writers On: Self Publishing
So what do you do when you've written that all important manuscript but keep coming up against a wall? I had this exact problem with - A Chance of Rain. People kept telling me what a good book it was but it always ended with very round peg, very square hole. It just wasn't the right fit.
In the end I decided to self publish. It will be the one thing in life where I will say all my friends are doing it so I want to do it too. These wonderful people were there to help guide me through the process but I did a lot of reading online. There are any number of articles like this one that run through the should you/should you not self publish debate and talk about the long list of things you have to do to achieve it.
I opted to use KDP - which is Amazon's self publishing Kindle process. You can check out the guide on how to do this here. Its very informative, with a step by step to help you turn your manuscript into a kindle book - including tips on formatting for best results. It might seem like a daunting task but honestly the hard part is still in writing the book first. The only bit of the process that took me anytime was the Tax Interview.
I went it totally alone. Most people will involve others, an editor and a cover artist. Here is what I found in my experience. Editors are expensive, even the ones that claim to be reasonable. So if you've got a pretty hefty book (between 50 and 150K) then you need to be aware of this. I self edited. I've been publishing through a small press for a few years where my work does go through editors and I've picked up a few things since then. Cover art can also be pricey if you go for an artist who will create you a wonder from scratch. There are some good pre-made cover sites:
The Book Cover Designer
Self Pub Book Covers
The Cover Collection
But your still looking at any where between $30 and $200 dollars for a good cover and with all the ones to choose from, you may still not find one that fits your book. I created my own but I'll go into that in more detail in another Writers On post.
Available now on Amazon. Click the image. Oh and one more thing....