I’m a published author. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Self-publishing has always been a lifetime goal and now I’ve actually done it! (Getting published was always the dream, but doing it myself was quite the experience!)
I guess my next goal is to get the remaining books in the series published – so only another five novels to go!
I’m also a self-published author, which had never been my intention, but actually made more sense for me when I did my homework (you’ll see I didn’t do as much as perhaps I should have…) given my background in marketing.
“Self-published author” still carries a stigma. Mostly due to the fact publishing an eBook is super easy, so Amazon is saturated with crappy, unedited, unprofessional books. It muddies the water for those who put a lot of effort into polishing their valued gems before putting them to the masses.
In this blog series, I’m going to talk about five things I learned (and mistakes I made) on my journey. Not to mention I’ll do differently for book two!
Like 99% of writers, I suffer from procrastination demons. Best way I can slay said demon is using the weapon of pressure. When I’ve got a deadline, I’ll scramble to get it finished. In a mildly panicked state, of course, but it’ll be done.
Originally, I’d set X date to get the book published, but when when the date rolled round, typically I’d not done a single thing.
So I gave myself another deadline of a month or two. Again, the date would appear and I’d be no closer to finishing the book, much less completing edits, proofing etc. The problems with self-publishing!
Deadlines, A Double-Edged Sword
So I pulled my socks up, set up a profile on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) site, and entered the book’s details. I uploaded my draft manuscript knowing I could update it before the go-live date, and selected a release date of 1 April.
It seemed a reasonable deadline.
By that point, three editors had been over the first half of the book. I just needed to finish the second half and thought I had plenty of time. Self-publishing was working for me!
It turns out the demon evolved and bore down on me; I put off editing the last few chapters because of… well… reasons. Amazon emailed me to remind me I had to update the manuscript no less than three days before the go live date (which was almost on top of me), and I went into “do ALL the things in a deadline-induced panic” mode.
I raced through the final chapters, adding in character development and trying to sew up gaping plot holes where I could. I worked with my final editor, sending a chapter a day and receiving amends the next morning.
It was brutal.
It would take me anything from four to six hours to edit each chapter (giving it multiple passes), and I kissed sleep goodbye for those final, hurried weeks. Editing for six hours after being at work nine hours all day is not fun. Remind me again why I chose to go for self-publishing?!
Result: I’m not as happy with the final product as I would have been otherwise. Rookie error.
Lesson: Finish the book and final edits before setting a release date. Block dedicated time to write and edit WITHOUT FAIL so the procrastination demon does not arise.
P.S. I hope you enjoyed this blog post! If you have any comments or questions, feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
P. P. S. If you’re interested in grabbing yourself a copy of my novel (adventure fantasy!) then you’re in luck!
You can buy Moroda in paperback directly through my website.
You can buy Moroda as an eBook through Amazon.