Monday Musings-Stepping off the cliff and into self-publishing

Posted at Jul 1, 2013 3:00 am in , , ,

Book comes aliveIf I can control my enthusiasm and remain coherent, I’m going to share my news.

I’m putting on my big girl panties, hitching up my jeans, pulling myself up by the bootstraps…okay, enough with the giddiness. I’m going to self-publish the Lost and Found, Inc series!

HELL OR HIGH WATER (be sure to sign up for my newsletter for the big cover reveal and contest) is currently in the hands of the awesome Joyce Lamb for proofreading. That means the book has been edited three times, copy edited, and soon, proofread. I won’t bore you with details, but suffice it to say, I’ve taken all the necessary steps to ensure I have a quality product to sell.

Because that’s what I do as an author. I sell my words, my stories, to entertain my readers. Believe me, presenting my very best is my most important goal. Always has been.

Even back when I had folks reporting directly to me, I’d tell them to pretend their mother was inspecting their work. They’d want it as close to perfect as they could get it for her, and that’s what they should want for our  customer.

But back to the series, I’m shooting for mid-July to release book one. Book two, COLD DAY IN HELL, is complete. It has been through my critique partners, I’ve completed the revisions, and the book is now in the hands of my toughest critic. Only then will this book start its rounds with my editor.

I’m excited, nervous, and a little scared. All those emotions are, I think, normal. Change and diving into unknown waters makes most people nervous. It’s how we stretch and grow.

I hope you’ll take this journey with me.537104_help I’m learning but still have a long way to go. If you have knowledge and are willing to share, please offer suggestions, solutions, methods, just anything you’d like.

Stay tuned for the release date!






28 responses to “Monday Musings-Stepping off the cliff and into self-publishing”

  1. Jerrie, best of luck. It is sure to be a quality product with you involved. Fascinating post about it too

  2. Ellis Vidler says:

    Jerrie, I’m excited for you! You’re doing all the right things to have a quality product, and I know what a good storyteller you are. It’s hard work, but no harder than working with any other publisher.

    Finally I’ll get to read Hell or High Water! Seems as if I’ve been waiting forever.

    Good, good luck, lady!

  3. Good for you Jerrie. I’m still in free-fall mode and loving every minute of it. Hey, I’m also presenting that Self-Pub 101 workshop in Aug in Keller if you want to come by. It’s free.

  4. Congrats, Jerrie. Gutsy, but you’re doing the right thing and the right time. You’ve got a following. You’ve got a great product. Enjoy the ride!

  5. Jerrie,

    I have no knowledge to share (at least not about self-publishing), but I wish you luck. Kudos to you for taking the plunge. I’m sure it’ll be fantastic, and I can’t wait to read Hell or High Water!

  6. Barb Han says:

    I happen to know this is one Hell of a book!! I can’t wait for it’s release! Best of luck to you, Jerrie! It’s a brave new world.

  7. Arline Todd says:

    Hi Jerrie, I have something to share that I wish I had thought about ahead of time when I self-published Deadly Syndrome. This is for the print version via CreateSpace. You can select Expanded Distribution for the book as a sales channel but the % is much higher. The only way to keep your print book price reasonable is to watch the page count. I actually reformatted my book and used 11-point type and did not start each chapter on a right-hand page to get rid of any blank pages. The per-page price is your only area to keep the cost down.
    Also, on the Kindle version I selected Kindle Select, the library loan Amazon does. You do get paid for each book loaned. Downside is you’re locked in to Amazon for 90 days. I didn’t get one loan on my book! I could have put my book up on Smashwords and Barnes and Nobel, etc. months earlier.
    Good luck, Jerrie!

  8. Nancy C says:

    How exciting, Jerrie! Cheering you from the sidelines and eager to read about your experience.


  9. Jerrie
    I’m so excited for you. The titles sound great. Can’t wait to read them.
    ps Love hearing about the process too. How many edits did you decide on? And what kind?

    • Jerrie says:

      Jo-Ann, it’s nerve-wracking for sure. I’ve really enjoyed writing the Lost and Found, Inc series. Well, the first two, I’m working on the third now! Thanks for stopping by.

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