Six Questions About Self-Publishing (that I’ve been asked this week)

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Standing at the dawn of my dream career like a newborn giraffe stands at the edge of a cliff, I can’t help feeling a little vulnerable whenever someone carefully asks whether or not they may address the elephant in the room: Am I a loser?

These are the top 6 questions I get on how much of a loser I am:

1. Are you self-publishing because you’re too impatient to wait for the right publisher to find you?

‘Ascension Denied’ really isn’t mass market. It’s marginally controversial, mocks religion (and science, and bureaucracy, and business, and art, and abstinence, and beer, and…) So I’d be waiting a very long time. And then, even if a big publishing house did fancy buying the rights to the book, I’d be required to change it to suit their portfolio. My writing partner and I have just done a major revamp on our mass…

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Six Questions About Self-Publishing (that I’ve been asked this week)

vanity

 

Standing at the dawn of my dream career like a newborn giraffe stands at the edge of a cliff, I can’t help feeling a little vulnerable whenever someone carefully asks whether or not they may address the elephant in the room: Am I a loser?

These are the top 6 questions I get on how much of a loser I am:

1. Are you self-publishing because you’re too impatient to wait for the right publisher to find you?

‘Ascension Denied’ really isn’t mass market. It’s marginally controversial, mocks religion (and science, and bureaucracy, and business, and art, and abstinence, and beer, and…) So I’d be waiting a very long time. And then, even if a big publishing house did fancy buying the rights to the book, I’d be required to change it to suit their portfolio. My writing partner and I have just done a major revamp on our mass market mystery at the bequest of our editor. It’s not the book we wrote (and that’s ok, it’s still great) – but I want to keep the integrity of ‘Ascension Denied’. I want the creative control, the commercial control and all the rights. Because I’m greedy, and also because I really believe in it.

2. Aren’t they called vanity presses for a reason? Aren’t they only for writers who are vain or desperate?

I’m relatively well-equipped with enough self-control to monitor my language, but when this question was presented I may have released a string of pearls so foul, so depraved, that even Beijing air would seem pure enough to bottle. Honestly, in any other industry, a willingness to invest in your own invention/business idea/product/art is seen as entrepreneurial and savvy. Consultants are widely used, not because business owners are desperate, but because they recognize the value of importing knowledge or experience from someone else to supplement their own portfolio of shit they can get done. So I feel no shame at all in spending my money on publishing my own novel. I’m vain, yes – extremely. But that is irrelevant. I believe in my book and I want people to read it. I don’t know much about publishing (yet), so I’ve thrown Dog Ear Publishing a wad of cash to help me out. Of course, if I was trying to open my own restaurant or sell my newly invented widget, there wouldn’t be a question. But somehow writers are expected to whore themselves out, turn their painstakingly created worlds into mass marketable drivel that suits the current trends, beg and weep and gnash and wring, until finally, finally, someone says their book is good enough. Good enough for what? I’m just saying, Snooki got a book deal….

3. Doesn’t it cost loads?

It certainly can! Or you can publish your book for hardly anything. It depends on how much support you need, whether you get a professional cover done, editing, marketing, all that stuff. You really shouldn’t do it alone though – even the most talented authors will at least contract out editing, copy-proofing, and cover design. It’s worth researching providers and services, because you can get whisked up into a crazy spending frenzy, and there are plenty of crooks out there waiting to help you relieve yourself of your fiscal burden. And that, of course, applies to any investment you make. I didn’t initially do enough research and signed with Abbott Press on the back of their shiny, sparkly sales spiel – WOW I learned fairly quick though. Unhappy customers, law suits, sub-par quality on their books, corporate profiteering. *shudder* Weeks of intense research followed and a then a quick transition to Dog Ear Publishing who have by far the most solid reputation for support services. Why didn’t I check it all out to begin with? Rookie mistake.

4. Are you worried nobody’s going to read it?

Nope!!! Worrying won’t help man nor beast. I have faith in the book. I might not have a giant marketing budget, but unless you’re James Patterson or Stephen King that’s not normally something traditional publishers will bestow on their authors anyway. It’s increasingly commonplace for authors to be expected to market their own book (I say their book, but of course it doesn’t belong to them anymore. Once you’ve sold the rights you’re effectively expected to market, promote and sell someone else‘s property. At least ‘Ascension Denied’ belongs to me.) I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to get billions of copies out there, but the solution will come to me.

5. But the quality won’t be as good as if you went with a traditional publisher though, right?

Why not? I hired a professional cover artist and an editor. The printers and distribution agents are the same that are used by the big guys. As for the book itself, I can write well. Just saying, Snooki got a book deal…

6. How are you going to succeed?

I haven’t the foggiest notion. But I’m fairly sure that nobody who ever did anything of value had any idea how they were going to do it. Two years ago I had no idea how to write a book, and know I’ve written two. They’re great, too. Last year I didn’t know anything about publishing, and today I have a book deal with a Big 5 and a novel on its way to market through my own independent efforts. So I’m pretty sure that if I keep putting one foot in front of the other, the path will illuminate itself as I potter along. I’m learning all about book promotion too, these days. Though that still feels like I’m trying to braid fog. Better keep plodding along!

 

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‘Ascension Denied’ Release Date Announced!

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NEWS: To announce the release date of my debut novel ‘Ascension Denied’ we have launched two parallel competitions on Facebook to whet your appetite for this cracking book:

1)      Collect daily nuggets of wisdom and share them with your friends with the ever-enlightening ‘Ascension Ticket of the Day’. Not only will these tickets brighten up your timeline with frequent splashes of humor, but their underlying messages will give you a taste of the themes woven through the novel. The prize? A signed Special Edition hardback copy of ‘Ascension Denied’.

2)      Collect weekly ‘Character Cards’, released every Friday, with insights into the story’s heroes and handymen. Share them to your timeline to be in with the chance to win an exclusive ‘Ascension Denied’ gift set, including but not limited to: a signed paperback copy of ‘Ascension Denied’ and spoilers for the next book.

So go to www.facebook.com/EAAWilsonauthor and Like in order to take part in these amazing opportunities and stay updated with other news.

‘Ascension Denied’ is out 3rd October 2014!

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The Hybrid 3

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An exciting update today!

The mystery novel is DONE and submitted to the publisher – who have promptly drafted a Publisher’s Weekly release. As soon as it’s out I’ll be allowed to announce the title of the book and the name of the publisher!

99 days until my self-published book, Ascension Denied, is officially released! It’s currently in the interior design studio having a make over. I was sent the first interior sample yesterday, and it looks amazing! The icon illustrations by Danielle Beebe came out really well. It’s wicked seeing what’ll be the inside of a cracking book.

The marketing campaign is going well, though it’s a slow burner these early days. The campaign will focus mostly on artwork and social media, so the challenge will be reaching those readers! I’ll take all the help and tips that exists, so please comment below if you have the experience I lack!

If you want to follow the artwork as it’s released over the next 99 days, like my Facebook page:

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Giveaway Competition!

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WOW! Nearly 200 likes! They said start small but this already feels pretty big to me! Huge thanks to everyone.

We’re celebrating by launching a series of tickets, each bearing a nugget of wisdom. Collect each ticket by sharing it to your timeline, and the person with the most tickets* by October 1st gets a:

Signed Special Edition Hardback Copy of the Novel! *angelic choir*

Here is the first ticket!

(*The person with the most tickets will also be in a much stronger position to ascend to the realm eternal upon their own expiration. *Disclaimer: the author is not responsible for any disappointment in this regard.)

If you haven’t already liked the Facebook page, like it here: https://www.facebook.com/EAAWilsonauthor

The Hybrid: Update

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My two books are coming along well:

Ascension Denied is being self-published and is due for release in October 2014. I had some initial trouble with Abbott Press who concretely refused to allow any flexibility in the pricing of the book, and they had set the price of my book at $38 dollars before the thing was even printed.

“Why would anyone buy my book at $38 when they can get a JK Rowling book for half the price?” I asked them.

“Listen, kid, you ain’t no Rowling,” was the response. Before they’d read a page.

So I said toodle-pip and cheerio to that lot, and went with Dog Ear Publishing instead. They have been supportive, positive and best of all, I set the price of the book. Creative and commercial control: two golden nuggets authors aren’t supposed to have.

The cover is finally done! It’s at the top of this post, what do you think? The amazing cover artist Danielle Beebe really outdid herself with the above cover, and she has done loads more artwork and illustrations from the book. Some of it can be checked out here: http://www.eaawilson.com. The rest will be released over the next few weeks until the book is out, so keep watching or like my Facebook page to collect the amazing and beautiful character cards.

Yes, that’s another point. The website is finally up too, for those who haven’t yet checked it out. News, deals, and all the blurb and the excruciatingly difficult author biography. I really struggled to find a suitable place to mention that I’m an ordained minister, I had to study glacier survival at elementary school in Norway, and that I used to have geese.

The other book (I’m still not allowed to reveal the title or the publisher, even though all the contracts are signed. I’m still learning, but I suppose that means they have some plans for announcing it?) is also doing great – the first draft is due in to the editor in ONE WEEK TODAY so every spare minute is spent on editing and tightening (I owe my three-year old daughter and my ever-suffering husband lots of time and ice cream this summer). The editor is very supportive and completely digs the book, but she had some prescriptions for types of characters and certain plot points that she wanted the book to visit, so that is my first experience with not completely owning the creative process. Swallow the pride and deliver.

I’ve even sent in my W9 and other bureaucratic necessities, and there is no paperwork standing between me and my very first advance check! I get all tingly with pride when I close my eyes and imagine opening the envelope and seeing the very first few pennies that I made from my dream job: imagining things and writing them down. It might be slow, but it’s happening!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Elizabeth