I’ve been asked recently how to get started with indie publishing. That’s… a slightly tricky question since, like so many questions, the answer is roughly “It depends”. That’s not me being coy! It really does depend on who you are, what your strengths and weaknesses are, what your budget it and what you want to accomplish. There’s more but that’s a good start!
Nevertheless there are a few basic things that you’ll need to take into account if you want to pursue self-publishing. First and most importantly: you need to research your options. You need to know what you want to do and what will work for you.
For example: Do you want to publish to Amazon exclusively? Do you want to publish via Draft2Digital, Pronoun or Smashwords? Do you want to offer only ebooks or only print? Or do you want to offer both? What about audiobooks? If you want to publish print books, do you go with CreateSpace, IngramSpark or some other publisher entirely? Do you hire someone to do the work for you or do you want to invest the time yourself? Do you want to set up a small imprint for your own books? If so, can you design the logo yourself or do you want to hire someone to do it for you? What are the benefits and drawbacks of any and all of these choices? Etc, etc.
That’s… a lot of question to throw at you, sorry. They’re important, but you don’t have to tackle them all in one go! For me, personally, the biggest issue was anxiety, so for me the main thing that I needed to do was a quick way to get my work out there and then sort the rest later. It’s not a strategy I recommend unless you need it, but it’s a strategy. Anyway, let’s break it down a bit by looking at what you need before you get to that “hit publish” button.
Welcome back to Design Adventures! Today we’re tackling Rapunzel, Rapunzel! This means sneak peeks and previews! OMG! This is so exciting! This’ll be the first sneak peek I’m giving people!
So, since it’s the first sneak peek and I need the practice, this is your friendly post reminder that the ebook of Rapunzel, Rapunzel is up for preorder right now! So go out and preorder it if you haven’t already! <3 (Or, you know, don’t if you’re not interested in it. That’s also an option.)
Welcome to another Design Adventures, everyone! It’s been a while and I’ve kind of completely flubbed talking about the last draft of Feather by Feather and Other Stories, but, to be fair, I didn’t make too many changes.
The biggest changes are actually in the ebook edition and the print book edition, so… Let’s talk about those! Briefly, probably, but let’s talk about them all the same!
Welcome back once again to another instalment of Design Adventures! This time we’re tackling the third (I think it’s the third) set of proofs for A Promise Broken. I’d say we’re getting close to the end of finally releasing it, but I may have to disappoint you. So let’s just dive straight in and see what we’ve got!
Welcome back to another instalment in Design Adventures! This time, we’re taking a quick break from print editions to discuss ebook editions! Specifically, the second edition for Feather by Feather which I worked on in tandem with the second proof.
I don’t really have a particularly long intro to write here, so let’s just get right to it! With the books I’ve been designing and preparing for print this year, I’ve been tackling the ebook version and the print version simultaneously. This is… not actually that uncommon, of course. It makes sense to work on both when you can! Then you can release both at the same time.
But! Feather by Feather and Other Stories already has an ebook edition! So that leaves me with two choices. Well, it leaves me with more, but they all boil down to two things: I edit the ebook I already have or I recreate a new one from scratch. Now, Feather by Feather uses a lot of different formatting for its stories, because I thought that was a good idea at the time, and that means that redoing the ebook from scratch is… not something I’m particularly keen on.
Welcome back to another instalment of Design Adventures! This time, we’re taking a look at the second proof for Feather by Feather and Other Stories. This collection is… probably as close to a ‘my bookish baby’ as I’ll get, so getting to talk about it (again) is extremely exciting to me. I’m only tackling the second print proof now and I won’t be making comparisons to the first because, honestly, my memory is not that good.
This is the book that’s been the longest in coming in terms of a print edition and the one I’m most proud of. I’ve been trying really really hard not to snap pictures of every page and go “Look! Look! Isn’t it amazing?!” at you all.
So, without further ado, let’s go look at stuff where I have either done really well (in my opinion) or failed entirely.
Fair warning: I am a grammar geek. (Also an ESL tutor.) Expect me to geek out over grammar at least once in the course of this post (and future ones).
Welcome back once again to another instalment of Design Adventures! It’s been… a fair bit longer than I wanted or anticipated, but I am back once again to look at the interior changes to Sea Foam and Silence before its release.
In this instalment, we’ll be going through the print version quite briefly and focus on the stylistic differences with the ebook version. You’ll have to live without screenshots of the ebook, but it’s more or less the same kind of structure as the serialised version.
So let’s get to it and wrap this release discussion up! (Well, minus the covers. Eep the covers.)
Welcome back to Design Adventures! This time we’ll be looking at the interior layout for Feather by Feather. This also concludes the prewritten posts section of Design Adventures. I’m really sorry to everyone who enjoyed this as a regular feature, but I’m out of books to discuss and I’ll be moving on to sporadically discussing them as I go along and write and publish more books. (I still need to do posts on the covers, yes, but I will get to those more sporadically since they’re a slightly different kind of post for me to write.)
This time around, we’ve only got a single proof to show pictures from too, so the process is going to be a little different as well. I’m just going to be discussing the shinies and my feelings and reactions. What I think works, what doesn’t, etc.
Welcome back to another Design Adventure! This time, we’ll be looking at the print edition of Sea Foam and Silence. More specifically, we’ll be looking at the first two print editions. In this post, there will be much excitement because I think the layout is absolutely gorgeous — of course, I would. I designed it — and a lot of pulling out my hair because some things just do not work and they’re a bit more troublesome to fix than you might think from this introduction. (You won’t think it’s troublesome once we see what the matter is, I promise.)
There are pictures again this time around, so be warned of big pictures!
Welcome back once more to Design Adventures! This time we’ll be taking a look at the process of designing Courage Is the Price. WHOOHOO!
Sadly, because I am a silly and not always terribly bright creature, this will be a pictureless post and possibly a fairly short one. I’m still getting the hang of documenting everything and Courage Is the Price fell victim to that as I didn’t keep any visual records and I lent out/gave away the proofs. My brilliance, let me show you it!
So, let’s just get to it and see how far we get with just text, shall we? I’ll do my best to do better in future. (That should be okay. It’s only an issue becaues I had the idea for this series of posts after getting the proofs and such.)