What is the title and when does it come out?

Monday, November 12, 2012


These are the questions that have been asked since I began this journey. I never thought my hobby would garner this much interest, but it has. And the answer to the above questions is...
PATIENCE.

No, my book is not called patience. I have a working title and as for its release date, all I can say now is mid-summer. As you read on you'll find this process isn't as cut and dry as you think. 

I have chosen to self publish. This was something that took a great deal of thought, a lot of research and many hours of self doubt. But eventually I came to the realization that if I wanted my work to be read, self publishing was my only option. I could go through the process of querying agents, waiting the 6 or so months it takes for someone to get back to me, only to have them say "no". And do it all over again with the same possible response. It's not that I don't believe in my work, I do, wholeheartedly, which is why I chose to go the self publishing route. I'm sure I know what you're thinking, "She took the easy way out." 

Absolutely not! 

I don't do things half-assed, well except four years of high school, but I think that's self explanatory. I decided if I was going to self publish my novel it had to be as close to professional as I could get. So I headed back to one of my favorite things...Google!  

I Google everything! I Google unknown information when I'm in my classroom and a student asks me an arbitrary question like, why do animals eat their babies? I Google song lyrics for my husband because his ability to misunderstand lyrics is unreal! I Google historical facts, so my best friend Leah doesn't chastise me for not knowing what the Dust Bowl is. She teaches history for Pete's sake! 

But back to self publishing.

So, I Googled what steps I need to go through to self publish. Google, I love you, but sometimes you fail me. Basically, my dog, Beeker, who is a genius by the way, could slap a paw down on a keyboard, call it a masterpiece and then self publish it.
Here's what it would look like:
Dgghhgfthvcf
By: Beeker Young-Dog Genius Ph.D. in pooping.*
Anyone can self publish anything! Back to Google I went. This time I searched what a literary agent does. Voila! I found what was looking for. Holy Shit! I had no idea!  Turns out a literary agent does EVERYTHING!


Here are the steps in compact (sorta) form:

1. Have someone read your book.  (It was my husband and a close friend.)
2. Listen to their advice and revise your book.  (I revised mine twice during this step.)
3. Find a critique partner. (This is the person you can run ideas by, call when you can't get your shit together, overall this person will help you write your book.  Thanks to my husband and my friend Jason.)
4. Revise your book after talking to your critique partner. (Done for a third time.)
5. Find a group of beta readers. (Beta readers are people who will read your book and answer a set of questions you have supplied them.  They will be your test group.  Mine are three people I know and two people I don't know.  Thanks to Jill, Julie, Leah, Jen and Joyce.)
6. Revise AGAIN based off your beta readers response to your book. (This is where I am at currently.  I am waiting to hear back from my beta readers, so check back for an update.)
7. Find and secure editors.  A developmental editor and a copy editor. (I Googled freelance editors and found two fabulous professionals.  Not someone who says, I love to read I'll edit your book.  Nope!  These are legit professionals who do this for a living.  A developmental editor edits the content of your book and a copy editor edits the grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.)
8. Send it off to your developmental editor and watch it come back RED! (I panicked the first time it came back.  I sent my editor a sample of my work and although it was covered in red she gave some great tips.)
9. Revise based off the suggestions from the developmental editor.  (You don't have to change everything.  It's still your book.)
10. Send it off to your copy editor and watch it come back RED...again.
11. Revise...again.
12. Send it back to your beta readers and read it yourself for mistakes.
13. Correct any mistakes.  (This is going on forever!)
14. Apply for a copyright.  (This take about two months, but you can't get one until the work is complete.)
15. Find and hire an ebook formatter.  (Just Google it.)
16. Find a book cover designer.  (MIne is a friend who is a graphic designer. Thanks Mick!)
17. Send it off to the formatter.
18. Once it's back from the formatter, send it back to the copy editor for one more read through.  (This will eliminate any last minute mistakes.)
19. Publish it.  (This is a blog post all its own!)


So that is what I have accomplished so far.  Keep following if you're interested in hearing what happens from here!


Title: Skip a Life Completely
Release Date: Mid-Summer---Hopefully!


*Thanks to my former brother in law for the Ph.D. joke.

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