Yes, I have self-published a book. It is available in the US and UK at Amazon (affiliate links). If you want to write regularly and learn about creating a believable character then A Day in the Life could be for you. It’s also ideal in the run up for NaNoWriMo, yep, November isn’t too far off.
I thought I’d share a couple of salient points that I had to relearn during the process of self-publishing. Despite spending over 16 years employed as a publisher, and knowing the publishing process and business pretty much inside out, it is easy to forget things. Of course, working for a publishing house means that there are minions. Back then I had an author, editorial assistants, a copy-editor, a proof reader, a designer, a production department, printer and distributor. They weren’t actually mine, but I could call upon their help and skills. When I self-publish I do all these things myself. If you want to self-publish you will too.
The first point involves files, computer files. Files multiply quicker than rats. I started with one file, a master file and naively thought it would remain so. Living a lonely experience, but leaving me content and happy in my minimalist heaven. I don’t know where this hope came from. Perhaps I thought Scrivener would meet all my needs. It was fine for the writing but self-publishing is more than just typed text.
1. Label files clearly
You’ll have a lot of files. By the time you finish you’ll have covers, drafts, notes and versions of covers, drafts, notes. You’ll have first proofs, second proofs. There will be rejected covers and accepted covers. In short a lot of files. What can you do to deal with them?
- Add dates to the names of the files – putting 05092015 or 09052015, for instance, before the name will ensure that the latest file will be at the top of your folder if you sort by name.
- Archive quickly – a little filing makes a big difference. Once a file is not needed archive it, or if you can, delete it.
2. Update your master file
I had a problem with the file that I was using to create my Kindle version. Basically it didn’t work so the solution was to return to my master document (Scrivener) and output for Kindle (and other eBook formats) from there. However, I had to make sure that all the changes I had done when proofing had been added to it. The proofing corrections had been added to my iStudio file. I had used that layout program to create my press-ready PDF files. So make sure you…
- Add corrections as you go
- Always have an up-to-date master file
There is a real sense of achievement publishing your own work. And if you follow the above advice you’ll find it a little more enjoyable too. Now, back to sorting out my Kindle version, and don’t forget to grab hold of a copy of A Day in the Life and the Kindle version will be available shortly!