There were earthworms all over the road this morning as the dog and I went for our run, and I expect the robins won’t be far behind. Springtime is on the horizon — a distant horizon for most of Canada — but it will come. And with it will come my new book. Time for a bit of an update, yes?
As mentioned, this book will be my first foray into self-publishing. The experience has been wildly interesting to me so far, and as promised, I’m going to share it here. Why not?
Having my first six books published traditionally, I’m pretty familiar with the processes involved. But it’s one thing to know that people are busily working on your behalf behind the scenes… and a whole other ballgame when it comes to overseeing all those tasks yourself.
Here’s what’s happened so far:
- kc writes book [which means writing/editing/rewriting/editing/rewriting more times than I care to admit]
- Book read over by trusted readers.
- kc edits book again
- Book sent to formal editor
- kc edits book again
- Book sent to copyeditor
That’s where things rest right now. And actually, only the first third of the book has gone to the copyeditor. The rest follows later this week, once I make sure I’ve got all i’s dotted and t’s crossed.
It’s important to me that the quality of this book reflects the work I’ve put into it, just as it would with a traditional publisher. So each of these steps has involved engaging an industry professional. This book will have a professional edit [many of them, as you can see from above], copyedit, layout, typesetting and cover. It’s daunting to deal with each of these tasks on my own, but cool, too, to watch the process and to be involved in every decision.
One of the most important of these decisions is the cover image. Contrary to the well-worn aphorism, EVERYONE judges books by their covers, and I know this one will be no exception. I have some very specific ideas, and as the cover shoot is set for this week, I’ll share them with you as soon as I can!
In the meantime, I have a collection of wonderful friends and colleagues who are all working hard to bring this story to you. And while you are waiting, I’ll be sharing the stories of other Indie authors along the way. The first one comes tomorrow on ‘Indie Tuesday’, with writer Ev Bishop. Make sure you check in here then, as Ev is doing a big give-away of her new book to celebrate her blog post!
And as for FINDING FRASER — some story tidbits will soon be forthcoming… promise.