The Next Step

My beta readers gave me some great comments. Since I have a better understanding of where my series is going, I’m editing my first novel differently this time around.

If I come across a pivotal scene, I make a note of it as reference for the series. This book brought up a lot of questions. I’m writing them down to remind myself the next two in the series needs to answer them.

This will be the first book I self-publish. I said before I was going this route but I realized I haven’t talked much about it.

We all know the publishing industry is on shaky ground. People keep saying it’s going through a complete overhaul but no one really knows what it will look like 5, 10 or even 20 years from now. This is the main reason I decided to self-publish my book. I don’t feel comfortable investing a great deal of my time and money into entering such an unstable structure. I also like the idea of being in complete control of the creation of my book.

That being said, this was not something I wanted to do. But, like my stories, the idea kept nagging at me. My instincts told me to go this route so, I shelved my own fears, rolled up my sleeves and got to work.

I’m not doing everything myself. My mother is starting a small press publishing company- Aubey LLC, I did the website by the way- still tweaking it a bit. She’s helping me through this process. I don’t have to find a professional editor because she knows plenty.

Self-publishing is like starting your own business and I’ve been enjoying myself immensely.

Yeah, it is a lot of work especially since I have a full-time job and I’m working part-time for Aubey. Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning but, I’m glad I chose this route. I’ve been picturing my book cover for months now and I’m super excited to find a graphic designer who can bring it out of my head. I’m also excited about the book trailer I have in mind.

Traditional vs. Indie. One is not better than the other. Sometimes, I think it would be nice to have a team of people behind my book. I haven’t entirely ruled out the possibility of going the traditional route but, for right now, this works for me.

3 thoughts on “The Next Step

  1. Even if you never go the traditional route with publishing, please do not stop writing. Even if there doesn't seem to be an audience available at the time you are ready to publish, the world still needs writers, teaching, entertaining, and nurturing in other mediums. Today's medium is changing rapidly.

  2. The website looks good!

    Like you, for me complete control of the work felt crucial to me, so I decided a long while back that self publishing was the route I wanted to take.

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