I suppose I never imagined self-publishing would be so exhausting. In the past month I have polished my novel, created my own website, found an internet host, published my website, joined Facebook and twitter, designed my book cover, searched for a graphic artist to create it, revised it after each concept was delivered, copyrighted my book, purchased ISBN numbers, and searched for a company to format the ebook. And I still need to get around to preparing my taxes.
Suffice it to say, all this work has been more time consuming than actually writing. Unfortunately, it can’t be avoided. This is the new norm of book publishing – you have to do everything yourself or else pay someone to do it for you. And it can get expensive very quickly. Of course, I wouldn’t go through with any of this if I were not 100 percent confident in the strength of my work and its potential to sell. But there are no guarantees. The investment is all mine.
It’s something to take in consideration if you choice to self-publish – do I want to be responsible for every aspect of the journey, or do I want to let someone else hold the reigns after I finish writing. Will they be as passionate about my project as I am? Probably not. You need to take a hard look at your own strengths and weaknesses, what you’re willing to do yourself. I have a strong background in design from my fifteen years of freelance work, so the website and the book cover were enjoyable challenges. Not every writer can design their own website. I choose to hire a professional artist to render my book cover. I knew the limits of my own skill set. I admit, it was a refreshing twist to change seats, to be the client telling the freelancer what I wanted, waiting for a rough cut, then asking for revisions. I’d like to think I’ve learned how to be a reasonable client from years of patiently dealing with my own clients. Something to remember – as a self-published author, I’m constantly changing seats, switching between freelancer and client.