Back when dinosaurs walked the Earth, I won the Golden Heart in the Romantic Suspense category with In Deep Water, a sweet romance set at a lighthouse in the coastal village of Pajaro Bay.
Since every writer on Earth (and his brother) is now self-publishing books on the Kindle, I've been feeling left out of the fun. So I have decided to publish my dear old first manuscript, In Deep Water, and use it as a learning experience to see how this self-publishing game is played.
I think it goes without saying that even if I'm doing this mostly for experience, and not expecting to become the next Amanda Hocking, I still want it to be my best work. So I'll be revising the manuscript over the next month, working to update it and polish it up until it's the best story I can make it.
While I work on the text itself, I'm finding I have to learn how to:
•design book covers
•format text for the Kindle
•write my own blurbs, descriptions and sales copy
•figure out the bizarre world of pricing
•publicize my work
•put my book up for sale and then evaluate what happens over time, hopefully learning from my mistakes and deciding whether I want to do it all over again with another manuscript.
So far I'm completely overwhelmed, but I'm also having loads of fun. Creative control is a heady thing, and I can see how this could become addictive.
I'll let you know what I find out, and I welcome your advice and feedback as I play in this new (to me) playground.
In my next blog (Wednesday, January 25), I'll post what I've learned about cover design (pixels and image rights and display fonts, oh my!).
So are you self-publishing? Or have you considered doing it? What do you think about this new part of the book market?