It’s Tuesday, where we are still at the beginning of most everyone’s work week and everyone in my house is feeling rather sluggish after the remnants of an exciting weekend. This is my tenth blog post and by now those who are following me has gotten to know a little about me; as a person, DIYer, mother and as a writer and author. I am excited to share my experiences with you guys, and would welcome your comments! Also any questions or blog post ideas!
Today, I would like to touch more on my experience with self-publishing my first novel, Claiming Kristopher. First of all, I want to backtrack a few years to 2010-2011. There I sat with my first serious draft of my novel, and was fortunate to come in contact with an editor from Chicago. She was a kind woman willing to take me on as a client; she would become my content editor for quite some time, but that was only after I could learn to handle her constructive criticism. For those of you out there who also love to write then you may know what I am talking about. I gave my editor my manuscript to go over, and I will never forget the email she sent back. In a gist, she said I had the bones of a good story, but it screamed harlequin romance. She told me this was a book she’d return if she’d borrowed it. That comment stung, since I certainly did not want my book to be labelled as such. Not that I haven’t tried read my fair share of steamy romance books, but I knew that Claiming Kristopher had the potential to be so much more. I wanted it to be more. So I took her comments in stride, and under her amazing coaching abilities, I was able to take my manuscript to an entirely different level.
Speed up to 2012, and I remember being three quarters done of my rewrite when I came down with severe writer’s block. I am not sure if it was my busy life that got in the way or what, but I could not write a sentence if you paid me Everything I tried to write was crap, so I gave up and focused on other things for a while. This break lasted until Spring 2016.
I finally got serious about writing again. I sat down over a course of a week and completed my second complete draft. Unfortunately my editor from before was no longer available to work with me so I had to find someone new. I consider myself lucky as I found a fantastic content editor in the Province where I live, Prince Edward Island. I will admit it is always a rough process starting out, giving someone your work, your baby, when you know that person’s job is to tear it apart. She let me growl and defend to my heart’s content as she understood how hard it was for me to take chapters out and remove beloved characters. After all that was said and done though, I am so glad I listened. All of my sweat and tears had finally paid of!
Over the next several months, I worked with my first editor. She would go through it, and then I would correct and replace, three times before the finished product was ready. Then, I hired a copy editor who corrected all my grammatical errors. This process was much faster! After that I was able to finalize my book cover with my designer, she designed the cover and the interior of my book.
With the first week of December came pushing that publish button; I was thrilled. I chose to use createspace.com to self-publish, but there were so many other websites to choose from. I found createspace to great as it walked me through the entire process. I am excited to begin this process all over again when I am finished my sequel!
Anyway, that’s my summarization of the process that I went through. I would absolutely love to hear the journey of others, so if you are a writer please share your story with me!