I must admit to being a little lapse on my blog since I published my book Wandering on the Treadmill.myhttp://amzn.to/1K1nwAa /https://www.createspace.com/5448532 Marketing is not a strong suit of mine but I am learning all the time. More time is what is probably needed! Sales are going well and I have had some great feedback. My […]
September has seen the first reviews and comments on my book Wandering on the Treadmill http://amzn.to/1NQOuBG
I am pleased to say that the responses have been really encouraging. I have also had some messages from family and friends who sounded genuinely surprised by the fact they really enjoyed it! Not sure what says but I’m always happy to surprise 🙂
My grandmother (who is ninety-three) was the first person to tell me I would write a novel. I was about twelve at the time. Her review of my book was really important and it arrived when she had been rather poorly. I called to check how she was doing and her response was ‘I’m on chapter three and I cannot stop laughing! I’m up to the bit about the Tuesday knickers.’
According to my mother, who had gone to stay with her, she didn’t put my book down; it really lifted her mood. I’m not sure I need anything else from a review although I did get a message from another reader who was so inspired, she joined a gym and is on her way to better health and fitness! The idea that my writing has changed lives -albeit in a small way- is worth every second/minute/hour/year it took to write it.
I’m now in the process of completing the first draft of the sequel Wandering Among the Stars. It is not a work of literary genius, but it is as much fun as the first Wander story and if it invokes laughter or inspires the reader in some way, then I am one happy author. Besides, the third book I am working on is a literary masterpiece!
After much reading, editing and gnashing of teeth, I have let Wanda out into the world to be judged. Ooh I feel slightly sick 😦
It has taken a while but Wanda Mikos and her gym antics have finally arrived in paperback form. All books are first print so they are really good quality – they don’t have that paper that makes your fingers feel weird!
Anyone who wants a copy, or a good laugh, can click the link. You know you want to! https://www.createspace.com/5448532
The Kindle edition should be ready later this week as I want to change the formatting.
last month I received the proof copy of my novel and spent much longer than I thought I would editing it …again!
For some reason, in my MSS, Whinnie the pooh has the appropriate spacing but when my book arrived, Whinniethe was sans spacing! (I would like to point out at this time, my novel is not intended for the under fives – it is just a reference :-))
There were other issues and I must say that this months education in publishing has been has been more than a learning curve as it has driven me around the bend! Even the girl who worked on the interior had troubles she had never experienced before.
What did I learn?
- Read as much as you can on the site forums – other self-publishers will give you the benefit of their experience and could save you a lot of time.
- Don’t be tempted in all the excitement of getting your book out there to publish without seeing a proof copy. I had forgotten to include my author bio.
- Write down anything helpful you have learned so you don’t have to start again next time.
- Find someone to help with the stuff you cannot do, especially your cover!
I am currently awaiting my final proof and with luck I can then convert it for Amazon Kindle…yipee!
One thing I had a problem with was the pricing of the book. Createspace kindly give you an idea of what you need to charge for all countries and how much you will receive. Mine came out to be around £9 or $14 which seemed rather steep for a first novel but someone in the forum pointed out that when someone orders your book, they are made to order; most novels on the shelves of bookshops are mass produced and therefore are cheaper to produce. Even famous authors have first run editions which cost more.
My last piece of advice is to let someone else – preferably someone who is good with grammar and editing skills – to read your proof for you. By this point in the proceedings your brain and eyeballs may be processing what you think is there.
So in conclusion, when self-publishing, KEEP CALM AND STICK WITH IT! – Vodka is not the answer…but it helps.
Forgot to mention, my writing income for this month was £40. It can only go up 😉