Hope your day is going well so far.
As you may know if you’ve been around this blog for a wee while, a few months ago I published Tapestry, my first collection of short stories. I decided to take that leap because I wanted to experience the self-publishing process and I’m grateful that many of you came along for the ride. I’ve been reflecting on the experience and thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned.
- It’s fun to work with other people
Before publishing Tapestry, in my writing world I’d only ever worked by myself, but to get the stories ready to face the world I needed to have them professionally edited and to have a cover designed. Working with editor John Hudspith and cover designer Berni Stevens were two of my favourite parts of the process. You can find out more about what I had to say about this here.
- People can be overwhelmingly encouraging and supportive
Both online and in real life, people have been so kind about Tapestry. So far it’s had 5 star reviews, and I’ve had lovely texts and emails too. Fundamentally people want to be kind and generous and it’s humbling to get a direct reminder of this.
- Formatting is not as difficult as you think
Not when you have Self-Printed – the sane person’s guide to self-publishing by Catherine Ryan Howard by your side it’s not. I thought formatting would be a nightmare, because I have been known to get into a pickle even just with headers and footers in my time (Noooo, I said I DON’T want to “link to previous”, what are you DOING?????) but it was really easy.
- Amazon is big. Tapestry and I are very, very little.
I knew this anyway, but it’s extremely true and difficult to know how to counter it. Writing the stories and all the work to get the book onto Amazon are the easy bits. Getting it noticed is hard. Maybe you could tell all your friends? Or your walls, in case they do have ears. Or teach your dog to read? I don’t know.
I have lots to learn about marketing. Still, we could be onto something if your dog would just put in the effort. 😉
- I would like to do it again
I would like an agent and traditional publisher for my books. It’s just the way I feel. But I’d also like to repeat my self-publishing experience, so watch this space!
Do you have any marketing tips you could give me? Can your dog read? I’d love to know, so please get in touch either here or on twitter!
Elle. 🙂 xx
we lose, we gain,
but always and forever
the human heart braves life
in light and in shade.
Tapestry. A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love. Available now.