I used to think that once I wrote a book, the hard part was done. If you’re an author, you’re probably laughing as you read that sentence; I’ll give you a moment to recover…
Sure, writing is time-consuming, emotional, and fraught with perilous eyestrain–although at least papercuts are less of an issue these days, thanks to the modern age of computers–but as far as the whole publishing process goes, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Nowadays, of course, there’s all sorts of stuff you’re supposed to do with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and maybe even eHarmony, I don’t know…), and that eats up a lot of time–especially if you get distracted by a certain Grumpy Cat (HE’S JUST SO CUTE!). And in between bouts of social networking, writers are also supposed to be, you know, writing.
Plus if you’re venturing into self-publishing, there’s also the tiny matter of learning the technical aspects of the ebook business such as cover art design, proper formatting for manuscript submission to online distributors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.), and determining pricing strategies that find a happy medium between pricing your book at “dirt cheap” and “who does that writer think she is, Kafka?”
Needless to say, I twitch a lot more now than I used to.
So I’m busy, busy, busy, but at least it’s a good kind of busy. I’ve formatted the 1st of my Heavenly Bites novellas for Amazon and Barnes & Noble (hopefully correctly–release day will be a nail-biter), am nearly done with the 2nd novella, and am chomping at the bit to get to novella #3. I’ve contacted 139 bloggers and/or reviewers, which I feel pretty good about until I remember advice in a self-publishing guide that advocates contacting 500; then I just sort of wheeze and fall over.
I’ve gotten a couple of reviews back on novella #1, Pastels and Jingle Bells; they liked it! Yippee! Here’s hoping that trend continues. If you’d like to check out these advance reviews, you can click on these links to read them at Goodreads and at Romance Reviews Magazine.
Okay, off to work on that happy ending for novella #2…