Hello world!

This post is about the process of getting ready to submit my novel preview to the self publishing sites I chose.

For those of you new to, or looking to enter the world of self publishing, It is my hope that as I share my experiences throughout my journey, you will realize just how much hard work, discipline, determination, time, patience, and money go into self publishing.

Finishing, revising, and editing your manuscript so that it’s a polished work of art is just one step!

You still have to:

A: Have a solid plan for marketing, and distributing the novel or e book once it’s polished up.  Take my advice and make this the first thing you figure out before you even start to write the first book! {You’ll need to figure out a tong of stuff like: Who is your targeted audience and how will you reach them on a deeper level? What formats will your book be in? What sites will you sell through? Which countries? What are the laws for selling in the other countries? How will you convert your money from them to your country’s currency?  How much can you afford to spend on everything needed to self publish the book? Ect.}

B: Decide how you want to handle your book launch. {Are you going to have a book signing? A free giveaway? Where and why? How many?  Will you do blog tours? Will you join any special author networks like IAN {Independent Author’s Network} Why or why not? ect}

C: Set up your plat form. {How are you going to connect to your readers or them to you? {preferably before you even have a book to sell} Facebook, Twitter, Myspace?  What kind of Author webpage can you afford? Will you make it on a free web page {not suggested!} or buy a domain for it? Think long and hard about this!}

D: Figure out a catchy, dynamic blurb for the novel. Something that hints at what it’s about without giving out too much information, or sounding like a synopsis. {Something that will show the readers A: What the book is about B: Who the main character{s} are and C: What genre the book is, all while piquing the readers’interest.

E: Secure an ISBN {One for each type of e-book. Epub, .mobi, RTF, ect, and one for the paperback, and one for hardback} This can get expensive fast! So make sure you know exactly which formats you plan on having the book available as before you even look into this step.

F: Obtain your legal copyrights certificate for the book. {This is in case you ever need to use a DRMC {digital rights management certificate} to have sites you didn’t post you book take it down for copyright infringement. The entire process is a lot easier if you already have a copyright certificate and it can save you a lot of money in the long run.}

G: Get the proper formats for each style of your book. My advice {to those who no nothing about formatting or using HTML} hire a professional. It will save you a ton of headaches, stress, and frustration!

H: Join a minimum of two different critique groups.  Look into joining some writing groups. Forr those of us who write romance Romance Writers of America is good.  {RWA} They’ve been around a long time and are quite respected. So is  Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators {SCBWI} Unfortunately both have annual membership fees, so that’s another thing you’ll need to figure into your budget. Look for groups that specialize in your genre of writing. {Make sure you know the specific rules for your genres as well. Each genre has word requirements minimum and maximum allowed for books written in that genre. Pacing of the book varies in certain genres too.

I: Know, or learn proper punctuation, grammar, and contents for writing {pacing, tension, plot twists, ect}

J: Stay active in the social networks throughout the entire process. It’ll make the entire situation easier if you have other writers you can commiserate with. Sharing your joys and frustrations helps keep the community tight knit and lets your readers see that even writers are like everyone else – human.

K: Set goals for each step of the process. Rough drafting the manuscript within two months, engaging your platform on a bi-weekly basis {minimum}, socialize with your fellow writers, ect. Goals keep writers motivated. Especially if they have readers to answer to when they fail to reach them. They also give writers a sense of their hard work and time is paying off. Each goal met, puts writers one step closes to completing the process and toward reaching their ultimate goals.

This is still just part of the process and barely covers the tip of the iceberg. So make sure you want to face all that homework before you start down this path!

Also, make sure you send the manuscript through several rounds of critique groups or hire a professional editor. Putting your best product out there is imperative, especially if it’s your debut novel! You will forever be judged on how well the debut novel is written.

Once you put that first book out there, you can’t take it back. Even if you delete it and pull it off all the sites, it’s already circulating. So, do yourself a favor and make sure you’ve done your revisions and spit and polished that book until it shines the way it’s meant to. Because even if you change your pen name, it’ll still be out there. Your debut novel is what launches your career as an author.

So, readers and writers, have you started the journey to self publish your books? If so why did you choose this path? If not are you considering it? Does knowing what hard work, time, and commitment it takes make you reconsider, or hesitate?

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About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

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