Sometimes things line up and you have to sit up and pay attention. Yesterday, I was exchanging emails with Liz, my Monday counterpart, and she told me she was working on her post for next week. It never occurred to me to stop and think, to realize she was scheduled for yesterday and not next week. I posted in multiple spots and places last week with the same post, so I was a little out of it.
Next, I exchanged emails with my agent who was disappointed we hadn't heard back from the last three publishers yet and she didn't blame me that I was going to start the ball rolling on getting my book self-published for December. Why December? Well, I didn't want it to be November when we're planning our big 40th birthday trip for me -- a weekend in New Orleans followed by a seven day cruise.
Releasing it when we returned would conflict with Thanksgiving and all the associated hoopla, so the first week of December seemed like a safer choice. Then I read this excellent article on self publishing sent to me by Rolando Ray, a neighbor and friend, whom I stole his name for a character in my book because I loved the way Rolando sounded when pronounced.
After reading that article, it hit me: I've done everything right and then some. If I'm going to succeed in self-publishing there is really no reason to wait. The industry has changed so much just in this year alone. The lower cost of Kindles combined with the higher revenue rate on ebooks across all major platforms is a no brainer for a lot of authors with the techno savvy I've got.
Establishing myself as a publisher enables me to approach printers-- like Dorchester will be doing with Lightning Source, a POD printer under Ingram Publishing. I'll be launching my book via digital, print, and possibly audio formats, on 10-10-10. I was going to wait til Friday to announce it, but with today's free blog topic it seemed like the perfect opportunity.
I'm excited. I'm scared. I'm going to be working my ass off non-stop for the next few weeks to try and make this thing fly. I love the control I'm able to have doing things this way, and I love the idea of it all happening now over getting a contract and waiting 18-24 months for a release date.
I've got email campaigns to design with my marketing guru husband, beta readers to beg for written reviews, and some final touches (like a glossary, acknowledgement and contributor page) to finish... oh, and remember to breathe.
Deep, soul-cleansing breaths which will calm my frantic beating heart and help me get through the biggest moment so far in my 39-years on the planet. Yes, even a 35-hour labor doesn't compare. Heck, that was only a day and half when you think about it. The real work has been in the years since!
Will it be a good choice or will I land flat on my face? Time will tell. And if I fail, at least I'll have tried my damnedest.