Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IWSG

 
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I'm going the indie route! I keep saying that and the more I do the more nervous I get. Sending out submissions is pie (pie is hard to make, by the way), publishing with a small press...I'm good. But going at it alone?  I'm freaking out.

I have an editor.
Cover designer.
I learned how to format.
on and on...but everything falls on me. Me, me, and me. And that is terrifying. When should I finally let it go into the world?  I have no clue. I'm going through the motions, but do I have the nerve to upload. I don't know. 

I keep finding excuses.

I have a full out with an agent for another project. Should I wait?
Summer is a bad time to publish. Should I wait?

Ah! 

Okay, I know this is what I want to do. I am going to do it. But it doesn't stop the insecurities I feel.

Any advice?

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  2. I haven't taking this plunge, but from other Indie peeps I've spoken to I'd say look to being in charge as a positive. I can totally see how it could brim with anxiety, though. ((hugs)) You've got this!

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  3. I had a funny miss-spelling last time. I'll try again.
    Pie takes patience and the right ingredients, as does your book publication. I hope you find sweet, delicious success!
    Play off the Page

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  4. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do it. My 1st time self-pubbing was scary. It gets better--esp. when you check your sales reports. Hey, someone likes my book. So it was my sister, what the heck. :) Oh, and as soon as it's published you'll find a misspelled word. I guarantee it. LOL Even when your editor went over the ms with her red pencil. Best wishes and get that book out there.

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  5. Just because you indie pub one project doesn't mean you always have to go that route. If you do, hire a great tour person too.

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    1. I have a tour person in mind. I just don't want to set the date until I have that finished ms and cover. =)

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  6. Pie is actually really hard to make (who would have thought, right?).
    But, like a pie, you think you won't know when it's ready and then it turns out that you do! Trust your instincts. They're usually right. Good luck!!

    Sam
    Writing Through College

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    1. I can't do the pie thing. =) I learned to trust my gut most of the time. Thanks!

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  7. You can do it - it's terrifying and amazing!!!

    D.B. McNicol
    Romance & Mystery...writing my life

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  8. Do it--but I suggest taking your time and preparing a couple events around your launch. Sales are all about the connections you make with other people, and in order to have good ones, you really have to get the word out. Can't wait!

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  9. I'm self-publishing my book as well, and I love how I'm in charge of everything. My advice would be to take the time to do things right, and hire out what you can't do. GL1

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    1. Thanks! I also like the feeling of being in charge. =)

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  10. Hey, you got the most important parts covered already, so you're on the right track. Too many people skip the editing! As others have said, there's no rush. I plan to do the same thing and the nerves are real. You've written a great book, which is the hardest of all, and you want to do it justice. Ask for signups for a blog tour with a variety of posts, and build the interest. Good luck!

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    1. Oh, I have to have an outside editor look at it. I know my limitations. =)

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  11. I'm going to eventually self-publish as well...
    The thought of it is nerve-wracking. But I think the keyword is a step-at-a-time...
    A major consolation is the number of writers out there who have chosen the self-pub route, and have lots of great information/advice to share with the rest of us.
    Writer In Transit

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    1. I follow a lot of indie authors and they are an awesome community with a wealth of knowledge they're willing to share.

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  12. I would say it depends on the book. If you have it based off a civil war where people fight for their freedom, releasing it on Independence Day would make a great marketing angle! (Same with any other holiday.) But if not, then I would wait until the fall. Congratulations on your brave choice, I admire you!!! :D

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  13. how awesome! and you are organized and on the ball! way to go!
    it's a tough road, but you already have the major pieces - congrats and good luck! can't wait to see a cover!

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  14. Well, I just pushed publish three days ago and I can tell you it's worth it and scary as heck all at the same time. But, you sound like you done everything right. Go ahead and take the plunge. Can't wait to read your book.

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  15. Man now I really want some pie.... dont stress its not like theres defined right and wrong answers to anything, just do what makes sense :)

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  16. I haven't done it, so take anything I say with a grain of salt. However, maybe if you set yourself a publication date however many months from now (if that's how far out you think it needs to be). Start publicizing it. Put together your cover reveal, your book release, book tour, etc. When you put those things out there, you're probably more likely to keep the original date and insure you get everything done by then. Good luck!

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    1. I know. Once I have all the elements in place I'll set it for two months after. It's usually the waiting time for a promo spot with a tour co. Thanks,

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  17. Congrats on your decision! There's no time like the present to publish. After all, the longer it sits on your computer, then the longer it'll take to find readers and build up your fanbase. Sometimes you just have to set a release date and stick with it.

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  18. I also recently came to the decision to self publish. And I find that what's helping me is to set a deadline, so that I know I better get everything publishing ready by a certain date.

    There's no wondering whether the book is ready yet. Only knowing that it better be. :-P

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  19. First off - I admire what you are about to do. But I do have a question: have you + your team done everything that you can think of to prepare your book? If the answer is yes, then go for it. The amazing thing about ebooks is they can be updated.

    I understand your concern. Your rep is on the line. So do everything possible not to disappoint your readers. Include an email for feedback if it will make you feel better. You came this far with a plan don't let fear stop you now. :)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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