I said I was going to talk about Indie Pub today.
All I’m sayin’ is…it took me a minute to figure out what Indie Pub even stood for.
A bar crawl through British Bars?
“First I’m heading to the Pig and Finch Pub, then I go on to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Tavern, and I’ll end at the Black Friar.”
Since I’m alone this is an indy pub crawl right?
Indie Pub….someone who publishes novels about car races? No, that’s Indie 500 Pub.
Anyway, what this amounts to is, I’m wandering in the wilderness (yes, I’m going from a British Pub reference to Moses, stay with me, there is a prize at the end)
So Indie Pub….Independent Publishing? Individual Publishing, India Publishing?
What it boils down to is I KNOW NOTHING about publishing my own books.
I like to think I know how to WRITE them, but then at that point, it’s someone else’s job.
And by ‘someone else’ I mean RUTHY.
Yep, Ruthy is who found me in the desert and drew me back into a place where people cope and talk to each other and use fancy electronic stuff like a computer and Amazon and such.
So we had to WRITE THE BOOK. (honestly, sometimes that gets lost in the shuffle!)
Then we had to get it to Ruthy….a huge GAP HERE in that no one edits it.
Mary, the queen of the simple misssspelllld words has no EDITOR??? No one to notice all the words Spell Check missed?
I type ‘THE” “hte” about 90% of the time and with spell check….well, I had to go back and retype ‘hte’ because my computer fixes it. They have spell check in Blogger comment boxes now, on my email. Once in a blue moon I’m forced to go type something without spell check and it is SHOCKING how sloppy I’ve gotten when someone else fixes my mistakes for me.
THERE IS A METAPHORE FOR ALL OF LIFE THERE…..Just FYI.
So I hired an editor. I was almost giddy to get Aaron McCarver to do it for me because he was my editor at Barbour for years and I loved working with him.
Then I fixed everything exactly as Aaron told me to do. (he works well with comma addicted people) and sent it to Ruthy who kept sending us stuff from The Killion Group like…book covers. They also formatted it, which is a word that means something about not using the tab button I guess??? Anyway, they know this stuff and formatted it so it was all ready to upload.
They were terrific to work with and I understand they would have uploaded it for us, too, but of course we had Ruthy to do that. And also that might not be true.
What really struck me about this whole process was…do you remember the old Vanity Publishing days? I know so many people who paid THOUSANDS of dollars to own an overpriced book they couldn’t get in bookstores. That was what self-publishing looked like not THAT many years back.
PLEASE DO NOT DO THAT.
Do not let some company tell you that for only $4000 they will do it all for you. They will edit, they will create a cover, they will print and ship books to you. Which you will then either have to go out on a speaking tour to sell, or you can trip over them in your garage for all eternity, leaving the disposal of them to your grieving children after your death. (Upside, by the time they’re done they won’t be nearly as sad that you’re dead)
And now the book is coming THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!
To celebrate I am doing FOUR giveaways today.
I’ve got a novella just out called The Advent Bride. NOT indy pubbed but it’s ebook only and costs $0.99. It’s part of The 12 Brides of Christmas.
The Advent Bride...which costs $0.99 so if you don't win, seriously consider buying it. It's ebook only and it's book #1 of a twelve book series of Christmas novellas called The Twelve Brides of Christmas.
New--The 12 Brides of Christmas! You're invited to a Christmas wedding...that is twelve of them! Discover the joy of an old-fashioned Christmas romance with these twelve heart-warming stories. Brand-new stories from renowned inspirational fiction authors will take you into the heartland of historical America. Releasing each week starting October 6, you'll want to read all of them.
#1: The Advent Bride Melanie Douglas is alone on the Nebraska plains, teaching school to get by. She finds a unique box with hidden drawers to use over the advent season to engage a young boy in his schooling. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a positive change in his son, he has to see for himself what this new teacher is doing.
Next Pammy Hillman, my Seekerville Buddy and I are in this same collection!
I'm giving away her book, too. The Evergreen Bride!
The 12 Brides of Christmas book #3
Mississippian Annabelle Denson dreams of visiting cousins in Illinois and seeing a white Christmas. In the face of her excitement, Samuel Frazier hides his growing affection for her behind a quiet smile and a carpenter’s lathe. Samuel starts to worry that if she goes, Annabelle won’t return. Can he convince her to stay?