4 Indie Publishing Lessons
If you want to publish the tra
ditional route, make sure you have donned your armor. It is rewarding beyond what you could have imagined but getting there is sometimes a long road.
Pack a sandwich, perhaps a good bottle of wine, and leave a note to your loved ones:
"Gone publishing. See you when I see you!"
The other road to publishing is doing it yourself.
Indie publishing doesn't have the same stigma it did years ago. There are some phenomenal writers out there. But if you go this way, here are some things that I've learned, and maybe it will save you some research, time and stress-eating.
Here are 4 things that I've learned:
- If you're a kidlit writer, make sure you use a quality illustrator. Don't cheap out.
Make sure your cover is professional. Clipart and Publisher cut n' paste will SCREAM, "I did this myself."
- KDP is good for paperback and ebook. Amazon links the two and you can create them under the same file so that they are linked. Customer service is excellent. Turn-around time is great. Quality indistinguishable from traditional publisher.
- Hardcover has been tricky. They are expensive no matter which printer service you use. POD (Print on Demand) is the way to go if you don't want to store 200 books in your garage. I'm still navigating IngramSpark, so I'll post an update as soon as I'm through the process.
- Hardcover has been tricky. They are expensive no matter which printer service you use. POD (Print on Demand) is the way to go if you don't want to store 200 books in your garage. I'm still navigating IngramSpark, so I'll poK
- ISBN's are the identifying number specific for your book. You
do not need to buy one. KDP and IngramSpark offer free ISBN's so take them up on that. I bought one thinking that if I had the
one number, I could use it for the paperback on KDP and then the hardcover and paperback would be linked. Wrong. The ISBN is un
ique to the hardcover and can't be shared with the paperback. Expensive lesson learned.
THE WITCHES' DANCE is now available in ebook and paperback.
Download fun activities to go with the book on the Witches Page on HOME.
I wish you all the best in your writing journey and hit me up with any questions if you join me on the indie path!