I feel vaguely guilty about having opted to self publish. I just convinced myself that if I ever wanted to see the 'damn' book published in my life time, I'd better do it myself. It has been - to put it mildly - a steep learning curve. Just wish I was younger so I could add all these new skills to my cv. But, at least, it should now hit the stores early next week.
Sooooo excited! It looks like I'm finally getting the cover I want. I'll post a picture as soon as I'm sure. But, honestly the first draft is so good, I'd be happy with that. My experience with this agency has been very positive and I'll happily pass on their details.
First session of physiotherapy... I survived (just). Now hand is wrapped in a compression bandage with instructions to take it off quickly should it start to resemble the Union Jack. French Brexit joke or medical advice? Who can tell?
They removed my brain when they removed my thumb joint! Never before have I been so stumped by my computer. So many hours wasted messing up Mailchimp yesterday, and screwing up my KDP upload today (file gone into the ether). So many tears shed. If I had 2 hands I'd throw the computer out of the window.
Sad news for me. I've just been informed by the Penguin Collectors Society people that Dieter Pevsner (son of Nicholas Pevsner the architectural historian and writer) and my father's old colleague from Penguin Books, and his partner at Wildwood House, has passed away. The old school of publishing just lost another great, and I've lost another connection to my past and my parents.
I'm feeling generally guilty. The state of the world is clearly my fault. Over the last couple of years, as I have been receiving rejection after rejection, I could often be heard saying, "It'll be the end of the bloody world before I get this published". So there you have it. The end of the world will happen the day before I self-publish. I am so sorry. Mea Culpa
Trawling my way through cover artists' websites and fiverr... also trying to paint a huge wooden cart shaped like a pirate ship for a small boy with cerebral palsy. Then must make jewellery stock before my hand is chopped and do the final corrections for m/s for the same reason... at least it stops me fretting about the UK.
I've recently joined the Facebook group 20booksto50k because it seems full of good advice for self publishers. But is any one else stunned by the speed some of these writers are churning books out... and the sort of figures they are earning? I'm feeling slow, poor and inadequate. What sort of books/genres are they working in? (haven't found that out yet)
Over 45 degrees here, it is hard to do anything. Sitting quaffing iced water and dreaming of storms. The filming was completed yesterday (when it was only 41) but today they called off striking the set. Next week it's dropping to 37, they'll do it then.
The local museum just ordered another 15 copies of my history book. It must be selling. Quite chuffed. (Of course it is pretty much guaranteed to sell as it is the only book about our town in English). But for years they wouldn't stock it and now they do, AND treat me with respect. WOW! (Now if only the family would).
Filming glassblowing will be interesting. The set is being built in a glass sided hall hanging over a cliff. It is already more than 30c, next week, during filming, it will reach over 40. Our furnace and glory hole have combined temperatures of nearly 3000 degrees c. I predict cameramen falling like Horse Guards. (FYI no aircon)
We've been asked to build a working glassblowing studio for 10 mins of one episode of a French police drama... it would be easier if the shops that sold gas piping would also sell the fittings for said piping. So writing has taken a back burner for the moment (pun intended).
I am finally considering self-publishing... I have no idea where to start... I've just looked at the (quite scary) facebook group 20BooksTo50K as well as things like Googling 'How to self publish a book' and I'm more daunted and depressed than before. I'm not even sure I understand all the terms being used. I just don't know where to begin and have no money to begin it.