Let me be clear about one thing, right up front. I am not a Technophile… my phone is smarter than I am, I know Word can do much more than I ever ask of it and I’m not a big fan of Twitter. So, when I decided that I would self-publish the digital version of my first book, “Beneath A Silver Moon” it was with fear and loathing.
First of all, I had to line edit every single word. My first book was published in 2002. And in the years between, there have been giant leaps in the digital publishing world. My first book was mailed to me for final copy editing. My last book came to me totally in electronic form. So I had to create a digital file of the book. From scratch.
I was inspired by the workshops on electronic publishing at the Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention in April. There were workshops about self-publishing, but more importantly, I met authors who told me they were making more money on their digital backlist books than they’d made on the original print versions. That was inspiration.
So, I hunkered down and revised the Word document from my original book. Word by word, line by line and I learned a lot about my own writing. I actually made some edits I knew were necessary, but that my editor didn’t make. I think I made the book better.
Then the process to turn it into a Smashwords and Kindle submission began. I printed out the free Smashwords guidelines. It is complicated, but everything you need to know is in that guide. I went step by step, taking my time and making sure I worked on it when I was fresh and able to concentrate.
At the same time, I was working with a graphic designer on the cover art. I’d found my model, Shane Rice, at the RT Convention too, he was one of the participants in the Mr. Romance cover model contest and the perfect choice for my hero. I tracked him to his agent at The View Talent. They were actually planning a “cowboy” shoot.
There were lots of steps in this process, and I’ll blog about that in another post. But, after the document was prepared correctly and the cover art was finished — I could submit the book.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of the final product. Selling my first book was an amazing experience, but this is a very close second. And being in charge of the book, from creation to publication was both a learning experience and exhilarating feeling. The book publishing world is changing quickly, and I’m glad to be part of the revolution.
The book can be found at Smashwords – Beneath A Silver Moon.