This year, I’m going to get published!
I’m a strong believer in positive thinking to motivate yourself, and last year I set out with a list of unreachable goals, most of these goals I thought were crazy, but come June 2017, some of them actually started falling together! Last summer I determined I wanted to be published by Christmas, it was unrealistic but it motivated me.
- become more active on social media
- Finish rewriting Fire’s Hope
- Self-edit FH
- make a publishing company
- Raise $2,400
- Get an Editor
- Self Publish
For anyone who’s done the research or published a book, you’d know those last two steps are really out there. I thought if I just got an editor I’d be done in two-months or so, but oooh I was wrong! But I was able to reach 6/7 of the steps! I’m working with a close friend to help me finish up my self-edit, and I’ve found a professional editor who will work with me in mid February.
So with a little more research under my belt, here’s my current goals for 2018 and the foreseeable time frame!
- From now until mid February I’m going to be spending three days a week self-editing three ways.
- Red-penning my printed manuscript to find mistakes on paper
- editing at least two chapters in the Word document, and incorporating edits from the printed doc.
- Editing over the phone with my friend as my second set of eyes, and incorporating those edits during the call.
- During this process I am opening seeking beta readers who are interested. The sign up is available now to be put on my beta-reader list. I’ll get in touch with you mid February when it’s time to get started. You can sign up here: Beta Readers
- On February 14th, (setting a deadline because deadlines make me work harder) I will announce the start of beta-reading and send out a letter to each of them to try and get to know your reading preferences and speed.
- I’ll send FH to at least five critique partners to get one final read over from new eyes.
- print copies for them upon request.
- Once I receive the feedback and I’m satisfied, I’ll take 1-2 weeks to incorporate any new changes.
- Then finally, I plan on getting in touch with my editor and sealing the deal to get the book edited.
- Allowing for 2 or more months, so we should be in early March when we get started.
- I’ll reevaluate my schedule to incorporate new edits, working alongside my editor and being engaging as possible.
- I have a note in my personal planner to “Push myself” and “Get it done!” but most of all “You made it this far! Your book is great” because all the video tutorials I watched told me I’m going to hate my book at this stage.
- While the book is being edited, hopefully mid March. I’m going to set up my deal with Lulu.com, the Print On Demand company I have chosen to go with. this will cost between $1000-$2000. and I’ll finalize:
- Cover design
- back cover synopsis
- assigning Isbns
- setting up accounts across book sites.
- setting retail information
- wholesale discounts
- genre and category
- and finally set a release date!
- Hopefully it will be April or May by now, and editing will be done. now I can:
- format my interior
- upload my book to the POD
- and begin seeking ARC reviews. I pray this process will take place in June and I can finally see my book in a physical paper format on my birthday. that would be so special, and I’m going to push myself to get it done.
- at this point, I’m not sure when my release date will be, but from book bloggers I follow I’ve gauged it at 2-4 months. I’ll try to seek ARC reviews from sites like youtube, bloggers, and major review sites. Hopefully by this time I will be seeking ARC reviews through the remainder of the summer and early fall.
- During the review seeking process I’ll deal with the final formatting of the book
- the front and back cover
- including good reviews on the front of back to grab interest.
- and writing a wholesaler blurb to grab attention from online sellers.
- I’ll determine the content of the back pages.
- about the author with a professional author photo
- and a sneak peak from my next book
- as well as maybe a list of future books because I have a lot.
- I’ll use Lulu to finalize the interior format.
- Finally I’ll upload the finally document to my POD company as well as the cover, title, blurb
- I’ll order a physical proof for myself, read it, make Jo read it, cry over it, sob some more. and after all is said and done, I will finally be able to approve the title.
Finally Fire’s Hope will be published!
I can’t know for sure yet, but I would really love it if my Release date fell close to November 6th, which is a significant date in Fire’s Hope. There is a lot of stuff to get done in this time frame, but I’m determined! I have a lot of books to publish and I feel like I just need to get the first one on it’s feet, but I don’t want to churn out a mediocre piece of work. I want to build a fanbase over this series and bring people to love The Shadows as much as I love them.
Here’s to a fantabulous 2018! I wish you the best of luck for your own New Years resolutions! God Bless!