When I was writing my first book I was totally nieve about what happens after the words are on the paper. I found the editing was never-ending. No matter how many times I did it or how many other people did it, someone still found something, someplace that needed fixing. Frustration became a daily feeling. Designing a cover was the next task and who knew there was so much involved. Formatting? Oh my, there is one for paper books another for e books yikes! Well I didn’t have to do all of that or even get help because there were companies out there that would do it all for me right? Well not if I wanted to still own my own book and make a buck.Then I had to find that sacred gem, a publisher. Not a vanity or rip off publisher but one that would give me a great big advance, put my books in all the stores that carry books and do all the marketing so I can just rake in the money. Well that isn’t going to happen right?
After a lot of soul-searching and feeling my pulse to see if I was still alive. One never knows at this age lol. I decided to go the Createspace route and with help from some seasoned authors, editors and friends was also able to get on Kindle, LULU, Booktango ect. Knowing that all the marketing would be on me I did a couple of book signings and was able to get my book into a few stores and salons. I never knew that this could not only be hard work but fun.
I have just been invited to write a guest piece for not one but two hairdressing magazines plus a guest spot on another authors site. I was excited when I was featured on Indie Int and when our small town did a half page write-up about me. I know to the authors or writers that have been at this for a longer time or that have more than one book this might sound trivial, but to me it is exciting and a wonderful and pleasant surprise. My friend Betsy is now helping me format my poetry book for publication and I have started my sequel to A Hairdresser’s Diary.
I might not think the next two are as much fun when it comes to marketing but I am learning a tremendous amount and enjoying my journey right now. One day I would like very much to write a best seller and have a Traditional publisher be my publisher, but for now I will still hand out business cards, bookmarks, do the word of mouth marketing and enjoy the amazing feedback and sales I am enjoying at this moment.