Thursday, November 3, 2011

Magic Genie, I wish For...

If I had three wishes right now from my very own magic genie, I'd wish for a PR specialist. Why? Because there is SOOOO much to do in thinking of self publishing my novel. I spent most of yesterday looking into the various aspects of what I need to be doing to really give this baby of mine the best shot out there in the world of books.

I had a sort of temporary ADD running from one website on launch parties to another on book doctors to a third on book trailers. Yikes! Overwhelming? Yes. Thrilling? Absolutely.

So today, I hope to approach things with a tad bit more aplomb and focus. I look at this as birthing my 4th baby...and by all accounts, it very well might take 9 months!

Please continue to share your tips and success stories!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Getting Ready To Take The Plunge!

I think I'm finally ready.

I think I'm ready to take the plunge and self publish my first novel. With the completion of my second novel and the editing process in full swing, I've decided it's high time I do something about the first one sitting on my shelf in it's three ring binder.

I'll be the first to admit that the thought of all that goes into publishing your own book is more than a bit daunting to me. The more I research and read about the marketing and promotional aspects of it, the more I wonder if this is an arena I can be successful in. I spend much of my time conversing with fictional characters in my head...planning their words, their next move. It's quite a leap, in my mind, to go from this solitary endeavor to peddling my book to the masses. Still I believe there has to be a happy medium for a writer like me...a way to market myself inside my own comfort zone.

So now I feel a little like the proverbial kid in a candy store with so many options of book covers producers, copyright editors, book strategies and launch parties. Hey now, this could be fun if only I can get over my fear of the stigma attached to self publishing by so many in the industry.

As I start to prepare for this new endeavor, I'd love to know your experience with publishing your own book...from choosing a company and hiring editors to how you spread the word and marketed your work. Please share!