No, I haven’t already decided to jack the self-publishing idea in. It’s just that my list isn’t going to be quite as linear as my Germanic brain anticipated.
And although I totally expect a steep learning curve, it’s now dawned on me that this journey is going to be flatter and full of Obvious (to anyone else) Realisations. So …
OBVIOUS (to anyone else) REALISATION NO. 1
Self-publishing is going to require multi-tasking.
Pretty obvious, right? Yet somehow it still came as a shock …
For example, just because ‘Creating a Book Website’ is number 5 on the list, doesn’t mean it won’t factor into my conversations with a prospective illustrator. And once I look at promotion a bunch of other stuff may find its way onto the list. I know, I know – REALLY OBVIOUS.
So I have here as much a ‘to do or not to do?’ as a ‘to do now, or to do later?’ …
… which hasn’t stopped me compiling a linear list because, after all, I need something to hold onto here! It goes like this:
1. Get an illustrator
2. Join Alliance of Independent Authors
3. Look at promotion/marketing options and decide which to follow
4. Decide on platform (i.e. createspace, Lulu.com … ?)
6. Get ISBN
7. Decide on pricing
8. Get connected on social media: Facebook page (?), Twitter, other … ?
9. Create book website
10. Get a book trailer – maybe?
11. Make up an audio book – maybe?
12. Decide whether or not to have a book launch event
I have a feeling there is other stuff … and there is, of course, one big, huge omission. Something I didn’t even mention last week, which is, of course, the ms!!
It’s been left unmentioned because it’s a constant work in progress. This week I spent four hours just editing the first two chapters – which is saying something bearing in mind I’m on my 283rd millionth draft. Friends who’ve seen me working on this story for the last 7 years are forgiven for putting me down as a chronic fiddler. But what can I say? The rule about ‘make it as good as it possibly can be’ applies to self-published books at least as much as to those published traditionally. But that particular realisation is obvious – even to me.
Thanks for coming back! Next week I’ll be reporting on how things have gone finding an illustrator.