I guess I’m not too old to learn. My book is up on Amazon now, and the Ebook will be up shortly as well. This has been a five year journey and I’ve learned a lot about publishing, writing, marketing and perseverance.It’s a thrill to see it all come together.
I made the decision to self-publish after a few submission rejections. I received conflicting advice from professionals on the format of this book. Some wanted less of my story and some wanted more. So after a long series of re-writes I knew if I wanted this book out anytime soon I would need to choose to publish it myself.
So here I am, a new author. A new, enlightened author.
I chose Createspace as my venue to publish. Being a tech chicken, I was pleased when a publisher friend referred me to someone who would format and upload the book in print and ebook form. I hired her and she did all the work for me – a huge relief. Hiring a graphic artist for the cover was also a relief.
I’m happy with the results and I look forward to doing this again someday. It was relatively easy with the help of the people who do this sort of thing every day. And expense was as much or less than going with a company that offers publishing packages. I know I will have to market the book myself – that’s a given with any type of publishing. So that’s my next focus.
I encourage those of you who have a book that you want out sooner than the traditional route could offer you to consider Createspace. Especially if it’s non-fiction. But I hope you will have it well edited. That’s very important.
A Heart Out of Hiding (yes, I capitalized the word Out on purpose.) sorts through the habits we develop to disguise our pain, insecurities, and weaknesses. I share my own personal journey from hiding to freedom – and challenge others to find a way out of their hiding places. Study questions at the end of the chapters make it possible to use for small group studies. You can order from Amazon or from my website: www.jancline.net. The ebook will also be available on Barnes and Noble and Smashwords soon.
What are your views on or experience with self-publishing?