Countdown to Publication

The Beltane Kiss fantasy romance book coverI’ve chosen September 6 as the release date for two of my short stories, The Beltane Kiss and The Faerie Key. That gives me a little more than a month before those stories are out in the world. Both stories are back from the proofreader, all edits are made, and they’re currently on my Kindle, awaiting one final read-through. I’m hoping (knock wood!) that I’ve done the formatting correctly—that’s something I’ll be checking when I do the last read-through.

Wow. This has been a long journey. I graduated with my M.F.A. in 2008, and I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs on this journey so far. In some ways it’s still overwhelming because I don’t know what to expect. Will I even make back the money I’ve spent on editing and proofreading and cover design and all the miscellaneous expenses associated with my writing business? How badly will my first negative review sting? Will I ever receive an email from a reader who was inspired or moved by my work?

Unknowns. There are a lot of those. Ten years ago they would’ve driven me crazy. Today, although I’d like to know more, I feel like I’ve accepted that the unknown is just part of life. Being an indie author means embracing a level of uncertainty and carrying on without knowing exactly what will happen.

Overall I’m excited. I want to share my stories with readers, to get my characters out of my head and off my computer and into the hands of others so their stories can somehow be solidified, so my characters can live.

One month to go.

Lastly, an ROW80 check-in…

Writing: Did a read-through of Silver’s Stray, a short story, did some editing, and sent that piece off to a beta reader. I’m hoping to get comments on Spirits of Embers, another short story, soon and to get that piece edited and submitted to magazines this month. Entered my proofreader’s changes to The Faerie Key. The Beltane Kiss and The Faerie Key are formatted and are now on my Kindle, awaiting final read-throughs. And then begins the process of uploading files to KDP.

Reading: Read Taming the Dragon by Kendra Leigh Castle. It was a cute story. I just bought Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and am looking forward to reading that one.

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What about you? If you’re an indie author, any suggestions for a newbie? Are you reading the new Harry Potter book? Thoughts (but no spoilers!)?

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6 thoughts on “Countdown to Publication

  1. I just got my e-book out a few months back and am working on getting a publish on demand. The process is indeed terrifying…I’m not very computer literate and had to learn a lot. The forums are filled with accounts of everything that can go wrong. I followed all the instructions though and seem to have had a good outcome.
    Hang in there, you got this.

    1. Thanks! Yes, it is overwhelming at times. There are so many decisions to make, and so much of the advice out there is contradictory. Congrats on your e-book. What genre is it? What’s it about?

      1. I’m tentatively referring to it as a “Cozy vampire murder mystery.” It’s basically about someone trying to help solve a murder while avoiding a bunch of vampire hunters.

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