I think writing a book is the easy bit.
Then comes editing.
And re-editing after your editor has been through your carefully edited version.
And then you have getting it ready for publication, which turns out more complicated than you think, after you did the easy way the first time, but now you want it neater, with a proper linked contents, and all sorts of other things you can do with the advanced ereaders these days. It’s called ‘customer experience’ I believe.
And then you have to promote it.
And then, if you are really a glutton for punishment, you turn into a project manager for a collection of short stories by six wonderful writers and yourself.
Of course, IWSG has a wonderful guide to help you overcome all the pitfalls of publishing. But it still doesn’t make you perfect. And sometimes, however good you make it, it still doesn’t meet some readers’ views of what it should be.
Fortunately, my latest project has been pretty much plain sailing. All the actual problems, as opposed to mistakes, have been down to computers, and to not triple checking things. I should know by now that just because something passes the Premium test first time round, it doesn’t mean the revised file won’t have developed some new glitches which means it fails the second time. But it’s all done. The Kindle file, the Smashwords file, the Createspace file, have all been approved and are ready for purchase from Thursday next week.
And we’ve had four eagle eyes proof reading it. No, make that eight, of course. We do use UK spellings in four stories, and US spellings in three, but they aren’t typos. Trust me, they aren’t! They are fully intentional. It’s been fun. Really, it’s been fun.
Go and pre-order BookElves Anthology Volume 2. It’ll make me a whole lot less insecure!
Kindle – Smashwords – Nook – iTunes – Kobo – Paperback
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8 thoughts on “#IWSG The Ups and Downs of an Insecure Writer”
I think writing and editing is the easy part. Publishing too. Now, marketing and promotion, that is the hard part. x_x
Yes – making my books discoverable without being spammy. It seems very hard.
Amen to that! Though editing remains a bit of a challenge for me, I am getting better at it, and that makes it more enjoyable.
I love the marketing part. I have a promo with BookSends that starts in a couple hours. Best wishes with the pre-orders!
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I shall look out for that, Stephen!
I’m also having trouble with how this all works, because I signed up to be part of the group, but then had to re-enter my actual IWSG post because I’m not on the linky list anywhere? Not that that’s your area!
I seem to remember them having some problem with new members in September. Maybe they had to delete the opportunists and start again. I hope you’re all fixed up now 🙂
We’ll see. I entered it wrong–the specific post–so they may dump me back out again 🙂
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