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My self-publishing experience

My first book, Capturing the Moment, was put out by Totally Bound in 2016. I had to do all the marketing, but Totally Bound dealt with the final edit, the formatting, the cover–all that jazz.

I have chosen to self-publish the Weres of Boston series in part because I want to switch between m/f and f/f and m/m stories, and it’s not easy to find a publisher that is willing to let you jump around in your pairings like that within the same series. I have made less than $100 USD on Capturing the Moment, and the ability to put my book on KU is also a big appeal to self pub.

The first part of self-publishing was easy. I wrote the book, sent it to my betas, and sent it to my editor. The difference is that once that was done, it was all up to me.

For my cover, I went to Fiverr. I looked for an artist who did book covers, and for less than $50 they did my cover and made my Twitter and FB banners as well. (It was more than $50 after the tip). The people I worked with are called spotondesigns and they were great.

I naively went to kdp and set up Lab Rats for pre-order. I rushed and didn’t read the fine print, and once I committed to 2/11, it was basically set in stone. Which was too bad for me because I didn’t understand how hard formatting is to learn. I didn’t really have enough time, so I hired out my formatting to Robin Covington, who I know through a Romance Facebook group. She knocked it out of the park.

Last night I loaded the print pdf into kdp along with the book cover. The book will be priced at 8.99, which is too high, but Amazon didn’t give me much in the way of choice. The kindle version is 2.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.

However, it wasn’t quite as smooth as it sounds. I worked with a second cover artist, and the covers they sent were laughably bad. Had they been my only option, I would have gotten really discouraged. I also wanted to hire an artist off Deviant Art, but they were too expensive (although I’d love to hire them eventually to make a piece of art based on Weres of Boston). Before I found Robin, I was also being quoted numbers two to three times higher than Robin’s rates.

Having gone through it would I do it again? Yes. I think self publishing has a learning curve, and it will get better (and I’ll have more skills) with each new book.

One Response

  1. As much as the publishing platforms have done good for indie writers, I think it’s always best to learn the entire process for yourself. There’s real power in gaining knowledge + experience. Congrats to you!

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