I recently discovered that book trailers are fairly common, so tried my hand at making one for The Immortal. Check it out! Share it if you like it.
The Immortal will go live for sale in trade paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.com on JULY 7TH! I will update the blog with the direct link to the Amazon page on that day. Be ready, and thank you everyone for your continued support!
Also, thank you for all the interest in my Goodreads book giveaway. I had a total of 662 entries! I was astounded, considering this is my debut novel. Goodreads sent me the list of winners this morning and I have signed, packed, and printed postage for all of the winners’ copies. I will be mailing them out tomorrow.
This week I edited and approved the press release Amazon is working on for me. It’s going to be very exciting when it is printed. I’ve also had some requests for posters. In case you missed the post below, I am giving away free posters for The Immortal to be put up in libraries, coffee shops, and other public places. If you would like one to put up somewhere around your town, just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me where you plan on putting up the poster. I’ll ship one out to you for free!
Also, I have a book giveaway going on right now at Goodreads.com. Enter for a chance to win one of ten free signed advance copies!
I wanted to check in and let you know that two proof copies later, I have finished tweaking and editing, and the book is ready for printing! I am, however, holding off on the release until the Kindle edition is ready to be launched. Amazon is also working on a press release for me, so I am trying to line that up with the completion of the Kindle version and the official launch of the book. I am aiming for the first week in July.
I have also just gotten a batch of promotional posters. They are pretty fabulous. Many thanks to Uprinting.com. I will be putting them up locally wherever I can.
I am also putting out a call to all my long distance friends and allies! If you are interested in getting a promotional poster or two to put up in your local library, coffee shop, school, or other public place, please send an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject “Poster.” Tell me where you are planning to get the poster put up and I will send you one for free!
As of this morning, the files for The Immortal were approved as print-ready by Amazon. I’ve ordered my proof copy, which should arrive on Friday. Once I’ve approved the proof, the book can be made available for purchase on Amazon. I hope to have the book launched by the end of June.
In the meantime, I’ve set myself up on a variety of social networking sites, which you can find by the icons in the sidebar, and also in the footer. If you have accounts there, please like or add me, and if you enjoy my work, share me with your friends!
As of this afternoon, I have finished typesetting the manuscript for The Immortal and have sent it, as well as the cover design, off to Amazon for approval. Once they determine it meets their formatting requirements, I’ll get a copy to proof. After I’ve gone over that, I hope to have the book go live for sale within a month or so. I will keep you posted! So far, it’s going well and I am thoroughly enjoying it!
As many of you know, I have wanted to see my work in print for some time, and now that I have graduated from college, I’ve decided to venture into the world of publishing.
I have done a lot of reading and researching, both recently and in years past, and the more I learn about the traditional methods of publishing, the less that road appeals to me. I have faith in my work and believe that there are people in the world who would enjoy it; I am fairly confident that with the right amount of time and concentrated effort, I could find an agent and a publisher if I really wanted it.
I don’t think that is what I want to do, though.
Finding an agent takes time. Months. Years. More than that, one must face at times an unrelenting string of rejections, despite one’s best efforts and time spent. Let me say up front that rejection does not in and of itself faze me. In the past, my work has been met with harsh criticism, even name-calling, and I know that it is not for everyone. I would not mind taking (potentially) years of rejection if I felt it were my true calling. I cannot, however, justify spending so much of my time and energy on a chance that is, in many ways, out of my control.
The lack of control in traditional publishing is stressful and deal-breaking for me. This past week, I was of the mindset that I would try the traditional route, and for the entire week I was on the verge of crying or vomiting, or maybe even both in a horrific simultaneous outburst. I can’t explain the drastic aversion my very body seems to have to the idea of traditional publishing. I don’t think I can accurately call it anxiety, or some childish fear– although I am sure both of those are there in their own ways too. Rather, it feels like a very deep set intuitive response that tells me this is not the way for me. I have always had very good intuition, and thus far, it has served me well.
So, I began researching self-publishing. That nauseous “don’t do this” feeling vanished almost entirely. Instead, I started feeling very excited. The words “I can do this” began buzzing around in my head. It seems like a fun challenge to typeset my own manuscript, to design my own cover, and to get my book printed by Amazon and sold online as both a paperback and an e-book. I will have a lot of work to do if I want to make it as an author this way; it will be challenging to get the book set and printed well, not to mention all of the marketing I will have to do myself. I’m sure there will be moments I kick myself for being such a glutton for punishment, but then I believe there is a masochist in every artist and that some element struggle is necessary for every great accomplishment. So, it is with an entrepreneurial spirit I have decided to embark on the road to self-publishing.
The publishing industry is changing, but there remains a certain stigma when it comes to self-publishing. People say that self-published books are poor quality or that no traditional publisher would take them. Maybe in time that will change. As for me, I am willing to take the leap of faith and trust my writing to speak for itself. I have not ventured very far into sending queries– I sent out a grand total of two before I decided it felt like a waste of my energy– so it’s not that I am going this road out of desperation or as a last resort. I’m doing it because I want to, because it feels right to me.
There are people who believe self publishing is one of the biggest mistakes an author can make. Maybe it is. Maybe those people who say I will never make it this way are right. If they are, then people won’t be too disappointed, since the expectations aren’t much to start with. If they are wrong, though, then it will be among my biggest triumphs and all that naysaying will make for great dramatic tension if “they” ever make a movie of my life. In fact, I’m sure it would be so epic that only Hans Zimmer could handle the score for it.
(My deepest apologies to Mr. Zimmer for dragging him into this.)
The bottom line of the matter is I don’t want to entrust my future to someone else. I don’t want to hand over my life’s passion for someone else to handle, represent, doctor, and present. I have nurtured these stories thus far; why should I not be the one to help them reach their audience? Why should I spend my time and effort navigating other people’s red tape, when I could just as easily throw that effort into doing it myself and maybe come out the better for it? I’m an English major, an up-coming librarian, I’ve always loved fonts and tedious tasks like editing and typesetting, I can do my own art, I can navigate the internet like no tomorrow. Why not? It sounds like a marvelous adventure.
I’m not in this for fame. I’m not even in it for fortune. If I can make money doing what I love, that would be stupendous— because let’s face it, who doesn’t dream of having a custom iron gate on the driveway up to their mansion or having someone come up to them in public and ask for an autograph? Who doesn’t want a bathroom they can play baseball in? (Well, actually, I think that’s probably just Nickelback. It wouldn’t do me any good, since I suck at baseball.) All those things would be fantastic, but that’s not why I do this. I do it because it is the only thing in my life that has unfailingly made me happy, because I knew even as a little girl I wanted to tell stories, because I enjoy it and it gives my life meaning. I would love to share these stories with other people, and if they can make someone half as happy as they have made me, then I consider that a job well done. If I never find wild authorial success, that’s ok. I’m going to keep doing it anyway.