Category: Adult fiction 18 yrs +, 64 pages
Publisher: George Lee Hudspeth Jr.
Release date: December 2019
Content Rating: PG-13. Curse words: Three total, of the “mild” variety (godd*mn, hell, sh*t... one use for each). No f-words. No violence, no sexual content, no drug use, no underage drinking.
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ goodreads
When it comes to the marketing process, keeping track of my different marketing campaigns and ideas is easiest, because I enjoy making lists and analyzing data. However, marketing a book is a challenging, time-consuming process that’s quite different from the process of creative writing. Also, depending on your personality and comfort level, it can sometimes be daunting to promote one’s own work. I suggest that you side-step your Inner Critic and go for it. Your readers are looking forward to meeting you.
How easy (or hard) were these aspects of releasing a book for you: writing, designing, publishing and marketing?
Of the writing process, composing the poems was easiest for me. The hardest part was putting the poems into a cohesive order with a narrative; this involved writing the Preface, Chapter Prologues and the Afterword (Author’s Comments). Oh, and writing the book’s back cover blurb was incredibly difficult. I wrote four different blurbs, didn’t like any of them, started to come unglued, then asked my editor to write one. I liked his blurb and that’s the one that made it to the back cover.
During the design process, choosing the cover art was easiest. The book design company 1106 Design was a pleasure to work with too, so that made things go very smoothly. The hardest part was waiting between revision cycles. The designer was efficient and punctual so the challenge was for me to take care of myself during the emotional roller coaster while designing my book. You have to be patient and remember to breathe.
Regarding the publishing process, which I also refer to as distribution, I chose to “go wide” for this book. Meaning, to have Amazon offer my book for sale in print-on-demand (paperback and hardcover) and as a Kindle eBook, while also allowing non-Amazon platforms to sell my book: Barnes & Noble, Apple and Kobo, among others; in my case, these non-Amazon platforms distribute via IngramSpark. For a comprehensive overview of traditional publishing and self-publishing options, check out Reedsy’s article “How to Get a Book Published: Your Guide to Success in 2020.”
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