Hello readers! Today I have a special surprise for you.
Thanks for joining us Becca.
How long did your publishing process take from the time you two submitted the files to the day the book launched?
We submitted the first file to iTunes on April 25th and the book launched on May 14th. Due to a few snafus with different distributors, it took the entire 2 1/2 weeks to sort everything out so the book would launch on time at the different sites. Talk about cutting it close, lol.
What were your favorite and least favorite parts of the self-publishing process?
My least favorite part had to be setting up our business. Angela lives in Canada and I’m in the US, so each step of the process was more complicated than it normally would have been. Nothing happened quickly, and there were certain things on the publishing front that we couldn’t do until the business was established. With the launch date looming closer and closer, I felt a lot of pressure to get everything done so we wouldn’t have to push back our release.
My favorite part, easily, was getting my first proof in the mail. I knew the day it would arrive, and coming home, I nearly drove into the flower bed trying to see the front door. Opening the envelope and seeing that book in my hands with our names on the cover made up for a lot of the rejections I’d gotten over the years.
What is something the readers would be surprised to learn about the self-publishing process?
I think the biggest shocker for me was the sheer amount of decisions that have to be made. Cover art, formatting, where to distribute, price points, what formats to use, ISBNs, how to promote, how to respond to reviews, the seemingly endless revisions. I’m looking right now at the very last page of a notebook that is jam packed with questions and notes made along our self-publishing journey. You have to leave extra room in your schedule because there are constantly new avenues and possibilities and questions coming up that need to be researched and evaluated, both before and after the launch.
What is it like to see The Emotion Thesaurus on the market?
It makes me smile. Some days I pull up Barnes & Noble and just look at our book, sitting there with its little price tag and its Customers Who Bought This Also Bought field. I’m overwhelmed sometimes that we’re actually doing this. I mean, I suck at math–REALLY suck at math–and here I am running a business, something I never thought I was capable of doing. It’s a confidence booster. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to understand that this is Mama’s book.
Why did you two decide to donate a portion of each purchase to this particular charity?
Angela and I are both very blessed in our professional and personal lives, so using some of our proceeds to bless others was a no-brainer. Heifer International was a natural choice because they don’t just give people a handout; they teach families how to care for and utilize the livestock they receive, with the understanding that the recipients will one day pass on the gift of livestock to another family in need. The results are exponential. We’re so excited to be able to contribute to an organization like this.
Becca Puglisi is one half of The Bookshelf Muse blogging duo, and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. Listing the body language, visceral reactions and thoughts associated with 75 different emotions, this brainstorming guide is a valuable tool for showing, not telling, emotion. The Emotion Thesaurus is available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords, and the PDF can be purchased directly from her blog.