Publishing is a great enterprise. The big companies have entire editorial teams with specific role descriptions for copyrighters and proofreaders. Administrative assistants pay fees and register titles and buy ISBNs. Graphic designers take care of cover and formatting. The writer writes.
Self-publishing a book is a great enterprise. It takes a great deal of organization and self discipline to go through the entire process on your own. As September goes by, I keep checking off items of my self-publishing to-do list. The sense of satisfaction increases accordingly.
After a group of friends helped me proofread my book a couple of weeks ago, I have set the gears of self-publication at high speed. Last week, I registered the copyrights for my book I Asked the Blue Heron, and I entered the text into Lulu.com to order twenty copies for proofs.
Additionally, I am learning basic marketing to start an advertising campaign. My limited social media skills are getting a shot of steroids to power up my capacity to reach a wider audience. Most importantly, I’m submitting creative non-fiction to publications so that my name gets out there and spark interest in my book.
Soon I will see my work in print. I will surrender it to the universe and hope readers find it interesting and buy my book. Meanwhile, the only thing I can do is work hard as I always do.