Whether you’re an indie author or a writer with a shiny book deal, the truth is that publishing takes a great deal of work. The biggest difference is a publisher does most of the work for their authors (covers, design, layout, etc.) where as an indie author gets to do all of that too!
As I showed you last week, Erebus is coming along nicely. I actually submitted the Kindle version for publication and am working on the paperback version.
Still working. I’m still working on the paperback edition. That’s what I meant to say.
If you haven’t published a book before, here’s how it works:
- First you write the story.
- Then you revise the story.
- Then you edit the story.
- Crap. You really need to make some changes to this story.
- Back to editing.
- So much garbage. Another draft!
- The editing doesn’t end, does it?
- Cover art! Yay! Photoshop time. That was fun.
- Submit it to Amazon. Feel massive surge of pride.
- Download copy to your phone/mobile/dedicated reader
- Weep that you misspelled something.
- Also, you left in a character name you took out six versions ago.
- Tweak the text. Resubmit.
- Repeat until the heat death of the universe.
I am mostly kidding. At some point, you submit a version that contains no errors spotted by yourself, your editors, or your beta readers, but the reading public will find them, never fear.
The paperback version of a book requires different work, but no less diligence. You need to watch for errant blank pages that didn’t show up in your manuscript, but appear anyway. That’s a biggie because each page adds to the cost.
That’s where I am right now. Tweak, adjust, fix. Repeat as necessary. Send happy thoughts, and possibly some caffeine!