Independence Day – Indie Publishing

This is the second and last part of the article on indie publishing by noted author Lynn Emery who has been a writer for Harper Collins. She is now the very happy indie publisher of several successful — and beautiful — books that I have richly enjoyed. Also, a number of her print books have been turned into e-books.  Lynn is truly a helpful author, and I am so grateful to call her my friend. She tells a smashing, romantic tale of suspense that is sharp, witty and oh, so wise.

If you decide to go the indie author route, then make sure you do it right. The world of being an indie author is now in the 2.0 version. You must decide, and be truly honest here, if you can do your own covers and editing. Creating an attractive book cover requires serious design skills.  It’s not just finding great stock photos or art that you like and arranging fonts around them. The fonts should be right for a book cover, not regular fonts you’d choose in a word processng program.  The arrangement of the cover art, be it a photo or drawings, is more than just knowing how to stick them on the right size background using a photo editing application. Self-published books are held to the same standard as any book, and now your book will be seen around the globe. You want to have the best looking product possible. Same goes for the content. Few of us can successfully edit, copyedit and proofread our own work. Why? We miss a lot because we know what we meant to say and we see it even if it is not there or wrong. You need someone to set fresh eyes on what you’ve written to catch those glaring, and sometimes embarrassing boo-boos. Readers will certainly see them, and won’t cut you any slack. Trust me, I’ve got the t-shirt. Read the rest of this entry »

Independence Day – Self-publishing

This is my first guest columnist for this round of self-publishing.  I introduce Mrs. Lynn Emery who has written a number of bestselling books for Harper Collins and other noted publishers. While writing for BET, she had one book selected and made into a TV movie.  She  is a supervisory social worker and an all around great person.  Let me say at the outset that any errors you find are mine because she is an ace at proofing.  I present this in two parts to allow you time to study and absorb.  The second part will go on in two – three weeks.  Wish me well on this. Here goes:

When Francine asked me to write a short article on being an indie author I said, “Sure!  Then I thought, “Oh Lord, where to begin?”  By the time any advice or how-to piece is written, it’s outdated.  Things are changing just that fast.  What I might have advised or told others about indie publishing three months ago is now quite different.  So be advised  you must stay tuned in and connected because what I’m saying here might be obsolete in short order.  With that said here we go.

I started down the road to self-publishing in 2010.  At that point the term “indie publishing” wasn’t widely used.  In fact it took months after I started learning the ropes to hear it.  Let me tackle semantics first.  Indie author and indie publishing is more acurate than “self-publishing” to describe what I do now.  The old term implies I do everything myself, including promation. In reality I’ve chosen to hire a team of freelancers to help with editing, proofreading, cover design and sometimes promotion or marketing. I’m independent of any book publishing entity or even the people I hire. I make all the decisions, but I do get wonderful input and advice.  Therefore I use indie publishing and indie author exclusively.  The term “self-publishing” doesn’t do my business justice anymore, in my opinion.

I’m going to assume you’ve done your homework.  I shouldn’t have to tell you what KDP stands for, or that Smashwords offers e-books in multiple formats.  If you are not fmiliar with the terms mobi or e-pub, then get to work.  Google and Bing are your friends.  There is simply not enough space for me to give you a step-by-step explanation of all the ends and outs of being an indie author. Read please.  That said I will give you some advice.

The very first step is to decide if you want to be an indie author.  This isn’t an open and shut question  Some writers truly don’t want to wear all of the hats of an indie author.  They want a publisher to handle cover design, and hiring editors, copyeditors and proofreaders.  They don’t want to have to think  about distribution.  Most important, they want an advance and the cachet of saying, “My publisher thinks. “Or “My editor says…”  So truly consider if you want to be an indie author.

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Okay, Lynn sets out quite a tableaux for you to consider.  If it’s something you want, please don’t back off.  I pray about things I want and usually find my way to these things.  Please don’t forget to come back for the second part that delineates more of the  how-to bit.

Until next time, don’t forget to hug yourself and others, along with my cyberhugs.

Francine

New Posts on Self-publishing Coming Up Shortly

Please watch this space for posts coming up on self-publishing that I think will be helpful to you.  There will be guest authors — beginning with former Harper Collins writer, the excellent Mrs. Lynn Emery.  There will be others you’ll love.  I will leave them on long enough for you to take notes and study and I will give you what I learned in what is now almost four years of self-publishing.

I sincerely hope you’ll come back to visit soon.

Francine

More About Self-publishing!

Howdy!

I just want to tell you that I’m gathering new info to present on self-publishing!  I think you’ll be interested in guest blogs by people who are successful in this field, and so know what it’s about.   We all can give you tips to save you time, money, and the worst headaches of your life.  No,  you won’t like all of it, but you will learn and you’ll be glad you came to visit!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at this spot!

Best always,

Francine

BRAB – Great New Book Club on the Online Block!

BRAB — Aptly named, the acronym is for Building Relationships Around Books!  This is an online book club of 475 members, with many of your favorite authors included.  The sharp brainchild of Sharon Blount, sharing her California lady talents, BRAB is a book club you’ll be glad you looked into. They don’t just welcome new members, they embrace you with warmth.  And they offer so much.  All the regular book club selections which includes a wide variety of reviews and other comments.  There are great discussions on topics you can suggest.  And they’re keen on listening, really listening to what you have to say!

Sharon (an interesting person I’ll interview on here when she gets more time), tells me she has always been an omnivorous reader, but found few people to discuss the books she reads with.  She got the idea for an online book club and didn’t hesitate to begin working on it.  She was pleased at  the  camaraderie she found with those who were interested.  It  was a hard, hard slog at first, no matter  how thrilling and satisfying.  These days, she’s more relaxed with an administrative helper, Ms. Prissy Parker, frequently commenting on the various books they talk about. Those two work very well together to bring you great questions you’ll enjoy answering, and other tidbits you’ll enjoy.

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