Last Updated on: April 2nd, 2015
Now that I’m an official, self-published author, I am waffling on my views of self-publishing.
I don’t think it sucks, but I don’t think it’s awesome, either. What I do think is that it’s a lot of work!
All I’ve been doing lately (with the exception of my two-day camping trip last weekend) is working, working, working.
What I’ve Been Doing and Learning
In addition to the boatload of things I did already when I first released Risky Issues, I’ve been learning about formatting for CreateSpace. I’ve decided that I want my book to be available as a print edition, too! But because I’m a Canadian author, I have to submit my book to the Library and Archives Canada.
Apparently it’s against the law if I don’t!
They call it Legal Deposit. So if you are a Canadian who is an aspiring author, I’d suggest that you remember this important fact!
I actually ended up writing a whole post about this LAW. Read it on my author site, Laying It Out There.
I’ve been doing a ton of other things too.
In addition to creating posts for Wording Well, I’ve written a guest post for Indies Unlimited about a few things I don’t want aspiring writers to do that I did.
I wrote a post about my ebook for another site, too.
I’ve also been trying to create some posts for my author website, Lorraine Reguly: Laying It Out There. The last thing I want to do here is keep posting about my book, but I did say that I’d post writing and publishing tips here, so now I have to decide which posts belong where…
There is so much to do!
Risky Issues Is Now On Google Play!
I’ve also added my ebook to the Google Play store. However, it’s cheaper on Amazon (both Amazon.ca and Amazon.com), should you want to buy it. I’ve been getting some really great reviews, too, so at least that is one great thing about all the work I’m doing!
I’m currently trying to create a physical copy of Risky Issues, too, using CreateSpace, a print-on-demand selling platform. I spent about twelve hours trying to get my book’s inside to “look right” all day yesterday and today, and am getting frustrated as hell trying to format the darn thing.
Who said self-publishing was easy?
Whoever it was… what I can tell you is THEY LIED. It’s a lot of work!!!
What’s easy is reading, writing, and posting reviews.
These activities are enjoyable, and are not deemed to be work at all (at least by me). This actually brings me to my next point: not everyone knows how to post a review to Goodreads or to Amazon. I learned through trial-and-error, but there are EASY-TO-FOLLOW tutorials that will help you. 🙂
How to Post a Review on Goodreads
You can watch the following video below or view it on YouTube. Either way, this video shows you how to post a review on Goodreads. You must be a Goodreads member in order to do so, but it’s easy to join. You can even use your Facebook account to do so!
How to Post a Review on Amazon
How to Post a Review on Amazon provides step-by-step instructions with pictures that show you where to find everything. This is the simplest, clearest, and easiest tutorial I found. I assure you, if you can read, you can follow these simple instructions! 🙂
I’ve been wanting to take a break for a long time time, but I won’t. There simply isn’t time to take some time off! In retrospect, I suppose I should have planned things a bit better. Releasing a book on July 1st (on Canada Day) simply was not in my plans! But, hey, at least I finally, finally got around to doing it! 😉
What’s next is figuring out how to market my book properly.
So far, I’ve given it away to a bunch of people in exchange for reviews, and I’m even considering a “Book Review Tour.”
If you are a blogger who might be interested in doing a blog post that will help me promote my book, please contact me at lorrainemariereguly AT gmail DOT com – just replace the AT with the @ symbol and the DOT with a period and let me know you’re willing to help.
At this point, my nerves are so frazzled that I need all the help I can get!
Or you could leave a comment for me in the comment section below. Thanks!
If you are an author who is self-published, tell me WHY you decided to self-publish your book.
If you are an aspiring author considering self-publishing, let me know if I’m scaring you.
If you have something on your mind about the whole self-publishing concept, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
If you have nothing to say but want to offer me a hug, I’ll take that, too.
Even a virtual one. Like the kind I just got from the Hug Fairy on Twitter!
I’m feeling pretty stressed and lonely right now.
Self-publishing is a lot of work. Do you or don’t you agree?