It is my son’s birthday today and a fitting celebration day to have my novel published in paperback with Create Space for Amazon. It has been a long road, starting 22 years ago with my being bed bound and deciding to research the novel. For the last 12 years I have been trying to get it into print.
I approached many a literary agent to be told that it was well written, but did not fit their criteria for publishing that year. So…the self publishing route it had to be. Self publishing would have been a nightmare without Tara Melanie Kerr, a novelist who writes in the genre of Jane Austen and puts on the most amazing Regency Balls in Edmonton, Canada. I found Tara through her father’s website ‘Dazzling Sparks,’ a website of interest to Baha’is who enjoy creating in any art form. Tara helped me shape up the manuscript so that it would slot easily into the Kindle process, but it took a formatter, Stef, at WriteIntoPrint to finally format the tricky bits and get my Kindle version there on Amazon.
Stef and co did not have the time to do the paperback formatting for me, but put me in touch with the very patient and creative Yvonne Betancourt at e-book format. I don’t know how many revisions we have done between us. At least 5 versions, but we got there in the end.
Writing tip for self publishers…publish in paperback first, before going to Kindle version and get a proof copy in your hand to do your final edit. ‘You can never really do a really proper edit on screen,’ says my husband Gordon, who is well published in his academic field.