I did it.
I have drunk the Kool-aid.
I have self-published an ebook.
I retained the UK rights of my book, Believe Me, and, curious about all the fuss, I decided to publish it on Kindle through Amazon.co.uk.
Et, tu, Nina?
I’m afraid so. But, you know what?
It was fun.
I chose ebookpartnership and they acted exactly like that. A partnership. Always on the other end of the email. Friendly, business-like and prompt.
But that said, I am now am so much more impressed and GRATEFUL for what a traditional publisher did for me. Thank you, Bloomsbury and Penguin.
As my own publisher I had to:
Pay to have a cover made.
Pay to get my file transformed into efiles.
Pay to have any payment to me actually transferred to me.
I am going to release another book soon that has not been previously published and have had to additionally:
Pay to have the book edited.
Pay to have it copy edited. (Well actually that was a very nice gift from a friend. Thank you, Jessica Lerche.)
Not cheap. In terms of time or money.
But I like the sense of control. I like choosing the cover. In fact I’ve always been one of those authors never really satisfied with the cover my publishers assigned. Always kvetching. But when I have to choose a cover I immediately realize I have no idea what I was doing. And that maybe these professionals actually knew a thing or two. And all those covers I scoffed at: well, actually I’m not sure I can do better.
Believe Me is about a woman and her son and their debate about religion. She is a card-carrying atheist astronomer and he’s sneaking out to Bible class. I changed the cover from the Penguin cover which was targeting the female audience and have tried to entice more teenagers who I think might like the book. We’ll see.
Now, as with the traditional publishers, the marketing is up to me. Which explains this post 🙂
Though Bloomsbury and Penguin were good at getting my books reviewed. Again, thank you.
So tell me. Anyone out there doing the same thing? Any good stories?
And oh, yes, of course. Because you know you want to!!!