I’m Publishing a Book – Soon!

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Happy Thursday, dear readers!

If you’ve been following this blog since the very beginning you know that I wrote a collection of illustrated short stories some years back, and shopped the collection around to agents in hopes of landing a book deal.  The results were both encouraging and discouraging.  Folks liked my writing, illustrations, and book concept – that was the good news.  The bad news is that readers seldom buy short story collections unless the writer is very well known, so publishers very rarely publish them.  I accepted the fact that I’d have to find another way to publish and put the project aside for a time.
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Fast forward about three years to now, when self-publishing is much more common, accepted, and is much easier to do.  I decided to take the plunge and publish my book through Amazon’s Create Space, as an early 40th birthday present to myself, and hope to have the book available for sale on amazon.com by February 28th.  I’m SO excited!  My wonderfully talented husband, José, has been designing the book cover and laying out the book for me (he’s both artistic and tech savvy) and it’s been a thrill to see the book really coming to life.
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I’ll post a sneak peek at the cover here soon, but just wanted to mention it now, so it’s on your radar.  I’m keeping the title, illustration concept and other details under wraps just a wee bit longer, but will reveal more very soon.  I’ll likely post photos when my proof copy arrives, and will be interested to see what you think of the book’s cover design.  I think hubby has done a phenomenal job on it.
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As part of my book’s launch I’ll be giving away a copy (or three!) here on my blog, and hope you’ll enter to win!  I’ll also be adding a special BOOK page to my website’s main page.  Publishing and publicizing this book is going to be a learning experience, I’m sure.  Have any of you out there published or self-published?  Do you have any suggestions for a newbie author?  I’d appreciate your feedback and insight.  As for those of you who are readers and book buyers, do you buy hard copies or do you buy books for an e-reader like a Kindle, Nook, or tablet? Thanks in advance!
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Warm regards,
Melody
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12 Comments

  1. Posted January 31, 2013 at 6:20 am by Teri | Permalink

    Congrats! And kudos to you for going this route. I write for children and had 2 books published but fired my publisher for several reasons I won’t go into. Anyway, let me know how the self-publishing things goes. I have always wanted to look into that since I have 2 novels I need published but have always been afraid to go ahead with the self-publishing. I have no idea how to start or how much it would be but it sounds expensive. Good luck to you on the endeavors and it’s cool you never gave up!!!

  2. Posted January 31, 2013 at 8:59 am by Barbara | Permalink

    Woo hoo! Can I be the first to order a signed copy from the author?

    Congrats, Mel, on a dream come true.

  3. Posted January 31, 2013 at 11:34 am by Melody | Permalink

    Barb,
    Thanks so much. :] Sure – you’re at the top of my list!
    Melody

  4. Posted January 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm by Jo Murray | Permalink

    A huge congratulations Mel! It is a daunting project, but one that I’m sure will be a success. I purchase both e-books, and hard copy. Generally e-book fiction, and hard-copy art books. I hope your will be on my bookshelf sometime soon so that I can introduce your work to all my Aussie friends.

  5. Posted January 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Jo,
    Thank you so much for your interest. I’d LOVE for you to introduce me to all your Aussie friends. :]
    Melody

  6. Posted January 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Teri,
    Thank you for your well wishes and for your kind words. Since I’m going the print-on-demand route my costs have been relatively low. I had to pay for a freelance editor to scrub my text, but since hubby designed my book cover that’s the only big up front cost. It’s more reasonable than paying for my own print run of hundreds or thousands of books. Plus, it doesn’t require much storage space. ;]
    Melody

  7. Posted February 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm by Debbie | Permalink

    HUGE congrats, Melody!!! I’ll be watching for your book release soon.
    xo
    Debbie
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  8. Posted February 3, 2013 at 7:00 am by Karen Pruzansky | Permalink

    Hi Melody! Congratulations on your entrepreneurial spirit and I’m going to do it my way attitude! I love it. I can’t wait to see your book. I have not published -yet. I have to dust off the stories I’ve written years ago that we’re rejected by publishers. Check out how Chalene Johnson and Brendan Bouchard got their books on New York Times Best Seller List. Keep spreading the word and self-promoting big time. Get some friends to write reviews, newspaper reviews, readings at your local library, etc. Best of luck to you!

  9. Posted February 3, 2013 at 7:09 am by Karen Pruzansky | Permalink

    I forgot to answer your question: I tend to buy hard cover books if they are illustrated books or art books. Books with only words I buy digital unless it’s a book I want to write notes in ( like instructional or self-help books). I like to think that if the power goes out what “real” books will be at my side?

  10. Posted February 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Debbie,
    Thanks so much! :]
    Melody

  11. Posted February 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Karen,
    Thank you for the tips, and for your feedback!
    Melody

  12. Posted February 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Karen,
    Ooh, what an interesting way to think about the hard copy versus digital! You’re obviously keeping the BIG picture in mind. :]
    Melody