When I first decided to go into indie-publishing, I published a short story as a test. In that experiment, I learned that I don’t have the visual artistic skills to create a cover, plus I confirmed that proofing is NOT one of my strengths. So, when I decided to launch my first novel, An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life, the first two things I did was hire a cover artist and sent the book out to a professional for proofing.
I now have the proofs back and I received the cover in my inbox today.
That means that by this time next week my first novel will be epublished. It might take a while for it to propagate around the web, but it’ll be up and all the seedlings I’ve planted over the past several decades will begin to bear fruit.
Do I expect instant success? A thousand sales a month? No, not at all. I ran a small business from 2003 to 2009. I know what it’s like to start small and build. The important part is the starting. Without publishing something first, none of the rest can come.
You might recognize the title of the book from the blog here. Yes, it’s the same thing, making the transformation from blog-novel to ebook. And that means that when I do publish the book, the blog version (except for a few teaser posts) is coming down. After all, a smart businessperson doesn’t compete with himself.