Sunday, May 26, 2013

This self-publishing thing is driving me nuts, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

I have embarked on a huge learning curve, with the self publishing of my three books. I have felt like giving up many times and the expense has been quite a strain. My first book, 'Coastal Yarns,' has sold most to date, but that would only be about 200. I released a newer version with fewer mistakes last year. 'Roskill 'has and still is a nightmare. I am simply not a skilled writer. Yes, I can tell a story, but that is not enough in this tough publishing world. One has to have perfection, or risk the trap of producing a book that is not up to the mark, re punctuation, spelling and general 'correctness.' My three books, ( the third one is called Talk To Me) lack the finesse demanded by publishers and the likes of Amazon. Anyone can self publish if they are willing to pay. Hell, I have most definitely achieved that goal---paying for it.
I made up my mind to go back and get things right. I started with getting Roskill re edited and proofread. I have just received the final product but it needs a little work from a 'designer.' I have to admit that I have no idea who or what that is. I am seeking help to push Roskill over the line, not the cliff! I guess that means paying yet again. I am very happy with the work my editor has done and hopefully he will let me name him once things are settled. I have also decided to 'dump' all of the previous copies of Roskill because of the lack of quality. I shall let you all know when it is on Kindle via Amazon and it will cost you very little to read the final result. After that I shall put the other two books out there on Kindle and get my next huge series (Son of Orpheus) up to standard.
Feel free to give me any helpful suggestions. I have come way too far to give up now.