I always saw myself as a traditional author. Submit my work to a reputable publisher—big or small, letting them supply the editing, cover art and marketing advice. Then things changed. I was recently informed that my current publisher is closing their doors. By the end of February White Light is off the e-shelves and I’ll have my rights back.
What now? The formatting is done, the editing has been scoured and I have help at the ready for new cover art. So NOT self-publishing seems silly.
No doubt self-publishing would have happened eventually. When my shorts reverted back to me for example. I was thinking they might be a good marketing tool more than anything else.
I’ve made a list of recommendations:
- Create a publishing company. I’m thinking Emaginette Bookworks, but am open to suggestions.
- Get an ISBN (in Canada they are free) or I could get one through Smashwords.
- Buy my cover elements and produce professional cover. I’m so lucky I know some women that have been more than encouraging and helpful. Not to mention talented.
- Upload to Smashword + Amazon. This scares the stuffing out of me. But I’ve been brave before and can do it again.
Some places I’ve gleaned: