I never intended to self-publish Broken Magic. When I started writing it, the options for that sort of thing were limited. Vanity publishing houses, a few print-on-demand services like Lulu, or sticking up a big, ugly PDF on your own website. I figured it would either get picked up by a publisher, or sit on my computer for all of eternity, unread.
It didn’t sit for eternity, but it sat for a long while. Six years or so.
This is new territory for me. I know very little about self-publishing, self-marketing, and self-not-panic-attacking-after-it-releases. I watched Rachel publish Hot Mess, hoping to pick up some tips. I did. Nothing shows you how little you know like getting a few tips. I’m going to stumble, fall, scrape my knees and try to pretend like I did it on purpose. But in the end, I’m finally going to see my first novel in front of readers. If that’s not worth some scraped knees, I don’t know what is.
So: If I’m going to do this in public, let’s go all out. I’m going to share with you, every step of the way, what I’ve learned. What I hated. What made me scream and what made me cheer. I’m going to try to make the process of self-publishing a novel fun and informative. I’ll make it really easy to point and laugh. Let’s face it. You were going to do that, anyway.
That means I need your advice!
What do you want to know? What should I post? What’s interesting and/or scary about self-publishing that you’d like me to share? I’m going to post weekly between now and the publication of Broken Magic – that should be sometime in September; I’ll let you know – which means I’ve got around 8 posts, minimum. I’ll have more than enough material to use, but I’d like to give the crowd what it wants. If there’s a burning self-publishing topic you want me to discuss, I’ll do my best to give you something worth your time.
Bring it, Hive Mind.
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