Monday, October 21, 2013

Revival

Hi.

Sorry I've been away so long. I realize that makes it seem like cobwebs are developing in my corner of the world.

I can assure your that's not the case.

I've been away for a couple of reasons. I finally finished editing my book after a straight up three-month hurricane of revisions. I needed a break. Also I've been plotting. Tossing ideas around. Scheming. Weighing my options. Planning a secret war. And I'm pretty freakin stoked.

I began to consider a Kickstarter project for my book - To seek help funding the bare minimum to get this book into the world. And so I watched some educational videos, read some stats, looked at some successful (and not-so successful) Kickstarter videos... and I began to realize that I really, really, really want to self-publish.

This is not the time or place for me to go into depth as to why I've abruptly chosen to self-publish. It's not because of chaffingly horrendous querying stats. In fact I managed to send two whole queries this time. One got a form reject, the other a full request.

I'm looking toward the future. Of marketing, publishing, writing, creating, contributing.

Currently I'm researching expenses. Such as
 - Professional editing
 - Marketing
 - Artwork (tons of artwork)
 - Printing options (softcover, hardcover, electronicover, you name it)

But I'm also researching incentives. I have no intention of being a Kickstarter leech!

So that's where I am now. Energized by raw ambition. Ready to smash any brick wall that stands before me. Gleefully ignorant of all the pitfalls before me. Expending my resources to their utter bounds to learn all I can of this process.

And please know, whatever knowledge I gain along the way, I'll share with you.
Right here.
So that if I fail,
maybe you won't.
And if I succeed,
maybe you can, too.

Love you guys.

9 comments:

  1. My advice? Learn to do everything you're even remotely capable of. Example: I spent a month or so learning to format e-books properly. That's one less expense for the next book. :)

    Best of luck!

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly! Thanks for the advice

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  2. What Carrie said! Take some time to learn how to do it right. And be sure to check the resources at the IWSG website - we have a page on self-publishing and a list of those who provide services. (Like Carrie, who does cover art!)

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    1. I'm perusing that site now and it is FULL of resources! Thanks, Alex

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  3. I wish you luck and tremendous success! I have little experience, os no real advice to offer you, but while I do know there are a lot of obstacles to overcome, I have complete faith that you'll pull it off and do great!

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  4. I'm terribly late to the game, but let me just chime in with an AMEN and a heaping side order of HELL YES.

    That is so exciting, especially when you pair research with ripping raw enthusiasm! Please do update whenever you have the time and inclination - I don't know the first thing about Kickstarter book projects, but I would be glad to help cheerlead for yours!

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    1. Never too late to this party, Tex!
      I'm digging your energy! I'll absolutely keep you updated here. I'm keeping pretty tight notes on the entire process so far.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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