Sometimes it comes as a great surprise to me that I’ve been a published writer for thirty years. In that time, I’ve seen massive changes, from the mergers of major publishing companies to the e-book phenomenon. Each time a tsunami of change sweeps over the publishing world, I’ve adjusted the sails on my little boat and continued my journey. I’m so very fortunate that I’m still writing books for traditional publishing as well as self-publishing.
Nowadays, the most frequent question I’m asked is this: How do I self publish?
The simple answer is (1) find a full-service company such as eBookPrep (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will create the cover, format and upload your book for a percentage of sales or (2) assemble a team of experts who do all that for you for a one-time flat fee. I use option two.
I’ve used the following people, all of whom are thoroughly professional and easy to work with. They turn out a quality product at a reasonable price. The price will vary depending how much time they have to put into the work. Ask them. I never try to quote prices for someone else. FORMATTING/UPLOADING: Lori Devoti (www.loridevoti.com), Jessica Lewis (email@example.com) and Vicki Hinze (www.vickihinze.com). COVERS: Kim Van Meter (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vicki Hinze, and Kathy Carmichael (www.kathycarmichael.com); SCANNING (this is only for books that are not already in digital format)Jessica Lewis.
Now I have BIG NEWS! I’m giving away a $50 bookstore gift card to one lucky person who leaves a comment on any of my blog posts during the month of March! Winner will be announced here after March 31!
The other BIG NEWS is that you can save 40% by preordering my new novel, Stars to Lead Me Home, starting March 5 and ending June 5, pub day. I LOVE this book. It reminds me of Elizabeth Berg’s Talk Before Sleep, which showcases the power of female friendships. If you’ve ever had to pick up the pieces of a marriage gone up in smoke, you’ll love Maggie. If you’ve ever wondered whether your grown daughter would speak to you again or whether you’d lose your best friend to a life-threatening illness, you’ll understand Maggie’s heart. And if you’ve ever wished on a star, you’ll cheer for her throughout this book. Oh, don’t miss it! Early reviews call Stars to Lead Me Home “the Must Read book of the year!”
See you next time. Next week, I hope.