Monthly Archives: July 2014

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all […]

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  • Loni TownsendJuly 2, 2014 - 10:09 AM

    You hit a lot of good points in this post!

    I hired an editor, but the rest I did myself. I actually enjoy the formatting part, because it hit close to my day job (computer programming). I also made the cover, but it was after much trial and error, and testing it with my target audience. I’ll probably hire out next time for that.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaJuly 2, 2014 - 3:03 PM

      Thanks, Loni. I like to do ebook formatting so I’m doing that myself, but I hired out for the paperback formatting, as well as an editor and proofreader.ReplyCancel

  • Diane BurtonJuly 2, 2014 - 12:20 PM

    I agree. I’m a former English teacher and would never edit my own work. Geez, I completely miss missing words and the wrong homonym. Or the glaring hole in the plot. I have zippo artistic talent so a cover artist is worth every penny. I have learned how to format my books but the learning curve is steep.

    You’re absolutely right that you have to present your work the best you can.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaJuly 2, 2014 - 3:02 PM

      Thanks for the visit, Diane. The truth is we can’t do it all, so hiring out only makes sense.ReplyCancel

  • emaginetteJuly 2, 2014 - 3:42 PM

    I think your mixing up self-publishing with indie publishing. I’m with two indie publishers and they do most of the work. I still have to help promote my work, but with their contacts and reviewers it’s far from Do It Yourself.

    Anna from Shout with EmaginetteReplyCancel

    • LucindaJuly 2, 2014 - 4:52 PM

      Thanks for the visit, Anna. I know the difference between a small indie publisher and an author who’s self-publishing. My point was to show that many writers today are under the assumption that they have to do everything when they’re self-publishing, and that’s not the case.
      And as for marketing, even authors with big name traditional publishers do most of their marketing work.ReplyCancel

  • Julie MusilJuly 2, 2014 - 11:12 PM

    I hired an editor and cover designer…money well spent! I formatted myself, though. A steep learning curve, but I’m so glad I learned how to do it.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaJuly 3, 2014 - 12:28 PM

      I’d say cover designer and editor are good investments. Thanks for the visit, Julie.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia LynneJuly 3, 2014 - 4:27 PM

    Great points. Self publishing doesn’t equal DIY.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaJuly 4, 2014 - 11:45 AM

      Thanks for the visit, Patricia. I think it’s easy to forget the options are out there.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Van SicklerJuly 3, 2014 - 6:29 PM

    Your post is so appropriate to me right now. I am self-publishing my debut novel and am learning all of this as I go along. What a fascinating journey!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaJuly 4, 2014 - 11:47 AM

      I’m right there, Kim. I’m also self-publishing my début novel, and I’m trying to learn all I can about it. Thankfully, the resources available online are invaluable. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • AJ Lauer (@ayjaylauer)July 5, 2014 - 6:06 PM

    You are totally right about needing to have others participate in the process of making your book the best it can be! I lucked out in that my co-author is also a graphic designer, so he took care of all the appearance-related stuff. We did most of the editing last time, with just minor help from a writerly friend, and I think we might want to get a professional editor this time. This book is just so much more complicated…

    Visiting from IWSG,
    ~AJ from Naturally SweetReplyCancel

  • Michelle WallaceJuly 6, 2014 - 5:51 AM

    I always think about the saying: First impressions are lasting.
    So yes, a professional cover is a must!
    I read somewhere that according to a study on consumer behaviour, a potential buyer holds a book in his hands for approximately 3 to 5 seconds. So your cover, which is the first thing he sees, has about 5 seconds to make an impression.
    Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen SteeleJuly 10, 2014 - 2:13 PM

    So true! If you want your self-published work to be successful, you’ll need to hire out help. You might be a great writer, but that doesn’t mean that you are a great editor or cover designer. The investment is worthwhile because your end product will be that much better.ReplyCancel

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