I’m both excited and nervous about this. July 31, 2017, that’s the day when my book launches worldwide!
So, for the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is basically a thing where a bunch of people come together from around the world, committing to writing at-least 50,000 words during the month of November. This happens every year. The basic idea is that if you’re participating – you’re starting from scratch – and by the end of November, you’ll have a full-length novel on your hands. Or… at least the first-draft of one anyway.
That’s how my current novel (Fracture Point) came to fruition: It was started on the 13th day of November in 2015. I know, I was a bit late to the party. Either way, by day 30th, it was finished and I had a full-length novel on my hands. The first draft was ready – and with that, I set out on a quest to find an editor for my work.
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~ Jim Rohn
Either way, by day 30th, it was finished and I had a full-length novel on my hands. The first draft was ready – and with that, I set out on a quest to find an editor for my work.
After several query letters and sample evaluations from multiple firms/individuals, I finally settled on Pikko’s House as my chosen editing and proofreading go-to firm. Which, FYI, if you’re an independent writer (fiction, or nonfiction, it doesn’t matter) and you need something edited professionally and you’re willing to pay for quality – I can recommend them 100%.
Next up, while the book was in the editing process, I needed to work with a cover designer to get my cover made. Paper & Sage were the ones who helped me with this, and I have to say: They’re absolutely amazing at what they do! I worked with an artist named Christa Holland, and her work is absolutely lovely! She’s the one who designed this masterpiece:
Finally, typesetting. This is often overlooked by some self-published authors. I went with Tugboat Design because they came highly recommended. I was highly satisfied with their services in this regard. They made sure that the book looked perfect, regardless of what device it was being read on (E-book) and made sure that the printed book was perfectly formatted as well (more on this in a blog post that’ll be written on/around the 31st of July).
Marketing/promotion of the book aside, there’s also the matter of purchasing ISBNs for the book. I purchased my own, and this article does a better job of explaining why it’s a good idea to purchase your own ISBNs as a self-published author. If you’d like to purchase your own, you can always do so from Bowker.
The final step in this journey was creating my publishing company: Heartblaze LLC. This company basically acts as the publisher for my books. There are many benefits to creating a company before publishing your book. Here’s a decent article about why you might want to consider forming an LLC before you self-publish your literary masterpiece.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~ Francis of Assisi
After the digital copy of the book was ready from the typesetter, and my publishing company was formed, I had to choose where people could buy it: I went with Draft2Digital as my distributor. Their interface is clean, and the process is super-simple to get your books distributed to a very wide range of stores across the world. They distribute to all the major bookstores including (but not limited to) iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. The only exception is Amazon. To the best of my understanding, with Amazon, you essentially have to go through their own system – Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) – and publish/distribute your book on their website platform. But, for every other major ebook storefront, Draft2Digital should have you covered.
It took nearly two years, a lot of hard work, and a lot of patience to go from starting to write a book to have a finished, publishing-worthy, product. The fruition of a dream that I had ever since I was 15 years old: With everything set, I anxiously await the 31st of July, 2017.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~ Harriet Tubman
More updates to come as that date gets closer! So stay tuned, and make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. That way, you don’t miss out on any updates, deals, and/or sales that may happen in the future!