I’m Self-Published: What I Learned About It

I’ve started to get few questions not just about my book, but how did I get there? What is self-publishing like?  How do I start?

I’m certainly no self-publishing Yoda (not by a long shot).  But, I did do it all on my own.  Me and Google.  Here’s a few things I learned:

  1. Finish your book FIRST. This seems kind of self-explanatory, but when I really started researching publishing on the Big 3 (Amazon, iBooks, and B&N) – I was still a few chapters from the end.  I set a pre-sale date and I was going to make it damnit. I just ended up confused as hell.
  2. After you finish your book, proofread, edit, rewrite, and then do that all again 5 more times (or more!).  Use the mental health breaks in between these to take care of the next few tips.
  3. Signing up to sell with the Big 3 takes time.  At least get your accounts set up early.  They have to do IRS Tax Verification and everything, so get this done around a month before you plan to go live.
  4. I created my own book cover.  A LOT of people do this and it doesn’t work – at all.  I was 99% certain I was going to pay a professional to do it and then mine clicked for me.  For my next book, I  will most likely outsource this work.  It. Was. Hard.  (Unless you’re a Photoshop pro, then by all means…) 
Here’s My Final Cover

5. Do NOT leave your book description until the last minute.  Remember these 3 things – Book Cover, Book Description, and Social Media.  These three things will sell your book.  Pro Tip: Google “Metadata”.


This is definitely not a comprehensive list.  There’s a lot more in my head that I’ll include in another post if you guys like.  Don’t forget to like and follow.  Comment to let me know if you’d like to hear more.

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Been Missing

Sorry! I’ve been terrible about posting lately.  The book is finally done and is processing for release on November 1st.  Time to get back to it! ❤

Can’t Get It Out of my Head

I used to love the movie Cold Mountain. Like, watch it 3 times a day, love.

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen it now, though.  But I woke up with this closing monologue running on loop through my head.

It won’t stop!

moan I should

Ugliest

I’m not politically correct and I’m not a serene type of person.  I feel things strongly and it shows.  I am quick to state my opinions and am usually too stubborn to change them out loud (even if I am wrong in the end).  But, I’m not an asshole, on purpose.

“That’s the ugliest…”

I was thinking about the word and its context in the world today.  I’m not entirely sure that it has a place anymore.  In a time when everything can be researched and quantified, ugliest is just too speculative.  Who has time for speculation anymore?

What type of person are you if you’re willing to assign that adjective to a person?

skirt-vintage-mean-girls

I repeat, I am guilty of this too.  This post is probably directed more at myself than anyone else.  But, instead of ugliest, what if,

“That guy just isn’t my type.”

or

“I wouldn’t wear that, but you do you.”

It comes down to being less of a judge and more of the jury.  Be a peer.  Recognize that most people are just trying to get through the day like you. Like me.

So the next time you feel that comment bursting out, picture this puppy, The Ugliest Dog in 2018.

ct-ugliest-dog-contest-winner-gallery-20180623(Who’s a pretty puppy?)

She may not be pretty, she might not be a Dogster Magazine cover dog, but you would love on her all the same.