I have just come to the conclusion that there is a lot of stuff you need to do for a novel.
I mean I wrote the damn thing in 2007, that’s what, 7 years ago, and, still, somehow, there are more things to do every day. You’d think that by now I would have realized that this whole “writing” thing is a lot of work.
For instance, just the other day I decided, I mean really decided this time, that I was just going to self publish this one. I was gonna be all like “Here Amazon have my baby that I’ve poured seven years of work into…”
Of course, that meant one thing… just one more round of crit partners. So here I am, again, criting the new novel for what the 25th time? And, this time, like most times, I have two just fantastic partners. Which means I am rewriting the damn book again.
That’s fine, I love writing. I’ve been at it for a long time. I’m not that good or anything, but I’m patient enough to hammer out a piece of stone into a semi-readable something.
However, I keep reading about self publishing… it’s a little scary. I mean, as far as formatting and stuff, I can do that. I’m a freaking programmer by day. I can format a kindle book like no one’s business. (FYI I’ve formatted this book three separate times for kindle)
Then there’s finding a cover. I need a cover for createspace and for kindle and nook and smashwords… I can’t even draw stick figures. I mean, this is my book, and if I do it, I need to do it right, right? right! That means I need a sweet cover.
I glanced through fiverr, and if you haven’t, you really should, and I think I can get a cool cover for not a whole terribly huge bunch of money.
I’ve thought about professional editing because so many editors are offering up their services per word. It’s really cool because they didn’t do that when I finished this draft seven years ago. A lot has changed. Still, it’s expensive. With my book length I’m looking at like $1000 dollars. I’d have to sell, what 500 copies, just to break even for one round of editing? That’s crazy, because I’m pretty sure my mom isn’t even going to by my book. (It isn’t because it’s bad or because she hates me. I don’t think she’s ever read a book.)
Then there’s the “should I be exclusive to amazon for 90 days so I get prime and lending and all that” question. Maybe, probably.
I have to make a blog. Check!
I have to register a ton of domain names: the book title, some character names, my name… it’s just crazy.
I’ll have to engage in twitter and Facebook. I don’t even have a twitter or Facebook. That says nothing of Pintrist… slideshare… any number of other things.
I’ll have to solicit reviews from amazon reviewers and stuff. Be like “hey person who has thousands of people ask for reviews, would you mind reading my book? I’ll give it to you for free and it’s at least 35% less horrible than most stuff you get asked to do. Hell, I’ll mail you a chocolate bar.” Then they’ll either not respond, or they will be like sure, I’ll pencil it in for January 2035.
It’s just daunting. I have to do all this stuff that isn’t even related to writing and editing my book. Then I’ll sell eleven copies.