Sooner or later you’re going to ask me how much longer I’ll be testing. You’ll be glad you waited when I begin to tell you things you always wanted to know about self-publishing. It’s such a fascinating thing to do.
Creative control is the name of the game. If you get a good company, they strive to satisfy you as to what you want your book to be, within reason. And getting the cover together just thrilled me. It’s a romantic voodoo mystery and so I wanted a gun. No gun meeting my specifications could be found. Okay, bullet holes. The artist came up with the messiest bullet holes you could imagine. I said no. Too thuggish. Gross. So they redid and now you get the idea of romance, voodoo, mystery.
I wrote the back cover material which was duly checked. The company I chose – Wheatmark – has excellent editors. My copy made the grade. And oh, the thrill of having my own Library of Congress Card Number. They do turn down books. ISBN, listing with RR Bowker, all kinds of things you can also do for yourself.
There are so many companies to help you self-publish. You’ve got to check it out. I mulled it over for nearly thirty years while I sold to established publishers. This is for me. Try it. You just might like it.