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Sunday, March 22, 2015

What I've learned by self publishing



I knew self publishing was going to be a crazy experiment, so I've been running through the steps ahead of time with a print and ebook version of the Wolf and Raven novella Clockwork Heart that I posted here on the blog earlier this year. Here's what I've learned about self publishing so far (and this will likely be totally redone once I get a few more skillz and books under my belt):

  • Formatting is a huge pain in my butt all the time every day forever--moving files from Word to ANYTHING ELSE EVER messes them up, and then they have to be redone because there's weird page breaks or everything is otherwise wonky.
  • Making covers in the CreateSpace cover designer makes me want to pull my hair out, so the next book is just going to be made in illustrator or photoshop, if I can find a copy of either that'll run on my poor janky computer.
  • There are lots of places to promo--but getting all that promo done yourself is tiring.
  • It makes for endless blog topics to create posts from.
  • Maybe constructing my cover images on my phone was a bad idea, in the long run.
  • PDFs work better than word files to upload for printing, because they keep their stuff where it should be.
  • There's always typos or other annoying issues that you missed, no matter how many times you have previously gone over the work.
  • CreateSpace to Kindle conversion has yet to work properly, but at least they managed to get the details right so the re-uploaded files match the book info and they read as different editions of the same book.
  • Everything has to be reviewed and passed, and that can be annoying because sometimes they don't really give any specifics about why it wasn't passed and you have to guess.
  • Everything takes longer than you think it will. So next time, give it LOTS more time than you think you need. I'm gonna go with, like, two weeks of buffer for Book 2.
  • All of this is so exciting, but also terrifying, because it's all on you and your own skills if you go this route, and there's a lot of new skills to learn--which I'm still learning. It's why I decided to do a trilogy for the first book, so I can improve and be awesome at it by the end!
  • Be prepared for annoyances and delays.
And most importantly:
  • Seeing your book actually look like a book is probably the coolest thing in the world.

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