Every once in a while, someone or something comes along that makes everything seem easy. As I gear up to self-publish The Vesuvius Isotope, I have run across the perfect blog post to initiate my quest: The Steps in Self-Publishing, by Emily Suess.
Please read it. I think you need to become a member of She Writes, but you don't need to be a female (and don't worry, there are no feminine hygiene products or other such girly nonsense running around on the site...)
I am currently peering into the rabbit hole, taking a deep breath and preparing my swan dive. So please allow me to recap the five simple steps to self-publishing from Suess' list.
- Marketing and publicity
Doesn't that sound easy? Writing...check! Editing...*screeching halt*
I have before me two different mark-ups of my first chapter, from two editors. The mark-ups are totally different from each other, and both are brilliant. Frankly, I would love to hire both, but can't afford it. So while I agonize over my first executive decision as a self-publisher, please see below the REAL checklist. I list it here a) because I'm a checklist person, and b) to help any of you who may be following in my footsteps on this. For those of you who have been here before me, please feel free to point out what I'm missing.
So here it is, The Self-Publishing Checklist by Kristen Elise..