My proof copy!
I've told you before about my adventures with publishing this book as an ebook. This was a "book of my heart" that was turned down by NYC because it was too edgy. I finally got it up as an ebook in the last few weeks.
I was a nervous wreck - but my fans seem to love it! It is a little weird to keep getting emails from my mom's friends (this is a very, very spicy book) who tell me things like, "It really got my juices going..." Then I get follow up emails from my mom saying, "your book really got my friends' juices flowing..."
Other than that, I'm pretty happy with the results. So, I decided to take it to the next level and make a paperback version available on Amazon through CreateSpace. Apparently, I have some fans who prefer paper - so this motivated me to give it a shot.
I found this process far more intimidating that formatting the manuscript for an ebook. I'd designed a cover that worked great as a thumbnail in ebook stores, but I needed a high resolution wrap around cover for the trade paperback. Then, there's fonts. And page breaks. And blank pages before chapters. At some point, someone recommended Hot Damn designs and I contacted them.
And that's when I discovered that there was no way I could do this myself. If I did, it wouldn've been 2 years, not weeks before it was up.
Even the questions that the fabulous and amazing Kim Killion had for me made me realize I was lost. There's a lot to think of and I really wanted it done right.
I got the proof in the mail last week. It's GORGEOUS! I couldn't be happier! It should be available for sale in a week or two at Amazon.
Now, I'm not saying you can't do it yourself - you probably could. I'd been pretty independent before on these projects. But most authors are way smarter than me when it comes to technical stuff. I'm glad I went the route I did and I'd use Hot Damn again (and not just because it's fun to say Hot Damn!).
Producing the book for sale is basically free - there's a $20 fee if you want it to go out to other markets, and I did. And I paid a little for the proof to be fedexed because I'm crazy. My only concern was with pricing. Once all was said and done, CreateSpace told me the minimum I could charge for the book was $10.71. That's a weird price. And $10.99 seemed weirder. So I went with $11.99. I don't know if that will affect sales - but I'll keep my Girlfriends updated.
When all is said and done, I'm thrilled with the whole process. Going indie was scary, but holding a real, high quality book in your hands is AMAZING. And the fact that I got to create the cover and write the copy was so cool - NY doesn't let you do that (and I do have one really ugly cover my publisher stuck me with).
I highly recommend it. If you have any questions - don't hesitate to ask.