Lately I’ve felt like a reality blog, with readers monitoring my real-life struggles in the self-publishing journey. Have faith fans, I may get knocked down, but I get back up.
Since I last reported the derailment of my publishing project when I ran into trouble obtaining release forms from two family members, I have been in a re-write/holding pattern for the past two weeks.
Basically I am about where I was in my July 12th report where I have a registered company, Grote Ink, LLC, and I need a bank account and a credit card for expenses to keep my company and my personal accounts separate. I had a meeting with our accountant and he reiterated the importance of keeping the finances separate. This may not be true for everyone. I think the fact that my husband has retired has made the difference. Otherwise, I think it might not really matter too much. Going the extra mile to have a business is a little more expensive and complex, but doing so protects your personal finances.
I have been working pretty much full-time on rewriting and am making good progress on the memoir revision, but still need several days or even a week of working on it to get it back in shape. I have drafted the extra pages: the acknowledgements, dedication, table of contents, copyright page, and author bio. I am anxious to get to the point where I can order a sample copy from Createspace. I think that is still several weeks and possibly a month or more away.
I need to decide whether I should register my own U.S. copyright online which will automatically get my book listed in the U.S. Library of Congress’s register. I have to read more about this. Do I need to? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
Once we, meaning my daughter and I, have tackled Createspace and the print on demand publication, we will figure out Smashwords and e-books. Hopefully that will only require minor formatting changes.
As the details of my business plan come together, my thoughts turn to marketing plans. Should I have advertising materials in hand before I go public with my book, or can I publish the book first and then start marketing it later? Do I need to have my website up and running first? How am I going to get reviews?
There are a lot of things for the self-published author to think about it. The respect I have for those individuals who have already navigated this maze continues to rise.
I am going to go back to the Indie Author Guide by April L. Hamilton and see what she suggests. This material was covered very early in the online Successful Self-Publishing workshop I took and it has been about three months since I looked at it.
I saw this post on Twitter by Craig Campbell, The Perceived Value of a Self-Published book.
I think this is one of the things that self-publishing authors who don’t have an established following or a fan base have against them — the perception of value. I hope you will let me know what you think about this if you have the time to read Craig’s short post. Craig would probably like your comments as well.
I appreciate the good thoughts you send my way. I hope this setback will be the glitch I had to overcome before smooth sailing.