Thursday, March 21, 2013

Keeping It Real

Well, it's almost the weekend again. We've been working so hard on the edits that the time has flown by. We are actually through to chapter 17 and moving right along. I'm ecstatic that most of the edits have been minor fixes. There has been a few rewriting places, but nothing big.

We should be through the book within a week and a half, and then onto figuring out the best way to publish. I have always thought that Bookbaby would be the way for me to launch, but I am hearing other alternatives to look into.

I know that there are ways to do this 'free' but I'm unsure as to my computer ability to actually format and download properly to ebooks. I do feel safer and that it would be more professional to go through a site that does it for me. What do you think? Should I try to do it another way? I also need availability of printed books since I have the cover and I need to order paperbacks for launch parties and family and friends. I know that Bookbaby does all of this for a reasonable price, including the ISBN number. I don't know...what do you guys suggest?

Well, soon enough the book will be launched and we can celebrate this long awaited endeavor.  I am nervous and excited at the same time! Nervous, because I hope that all of you enjoy the book, and excited that my dream is finally coming to fruition! 

My editor feels the book is great and not to mention, marketable. That makes me feel elated! I do hope that all of you read it and, if you like it, write me a review and tell other's to buy it. It really is an awesome read, if I do say so myself, and I think you'll agree. 

In the mean time, thanks for being so supportive and sticking with me through this long process. It has been a journey, but there now is light at the end of the tunnel. Keep your comments coming and I love to know your thoughts and ideas. I appreciate all of you and look forward to the not so distant future of announcing the launch date!

Have a great weekend everyone and see you back here on Monday!

Love, Lisa


  1. My thought on your question of Bookbaby vs. Doityourself, is that the first book may be important enough to let someone handle all the dicey details. Seems like a lot to know and do yourself and, inevitably, something will be missed or go awry. Why not let the experienced folks get it right for you?

    1. I'm kinda agreeing with your idea, but I found out I won't have the availability to change pricing for my books, like if I wanted to do a sale or giveaway. I'm still working on it. thanks for the comment!

  2. If I recall correctly, CreateSpace provides ISBNs for free, so there'd be no reason to pay for one. I'm lucky, since Canadians get ISBNs for free from the government. The US is one of the few countries that have a greedy corporation managing them, so they charge an arm and a leg for a number in a database. As though there's any real work for them to do when they issue one.

    Since you intend to do more than one book, it could be worth it to buy a block of ISBNs (I think 10 is the same as buying 2, but I could be wrong; I don't pay much attention to Bowker these days).

    As for e-book formatting, it depends on if there's anything special about your book. If it's mostly narrative text, it's easy-peasy. If there are more than just an initial graphic (I seem to recall a map being mentioned at some point), it could get more complicated, but I wouldn't foresee too much of an issue there one way or the other. I did layout for a book that used a graphic for each break in the book. It took longer than usual, but wasn't hard--just tedious. The print version was easier in that case because the graphic used for the e-book version was a glyph from a font that couldn't be included in the e-books (this was before font embedding in e-books was available; though I still don't recommend embedding fonts).

    To the best of my knowledge, ISBNs are only needed for the Sony store (which can only be accessed via BookBaby and Smashwords, to the best of my knowledge, and Smashwords provides free ISBNs, though under their name) as far as e-books are concerned. Nowhere else actually needs them anymore. Kobo, Apple, Kindle, B&N--they all have their own internal boom numbers.

    Send me a message on Facebook. I can probably beat any price that BookBaby charges. And if not, I can give you advice one way or the other.

    1. I will send you a message as soon as I figure out what I'm going to do. I have a friend that is looking into everything for me and sending me so much info that my brain went to tilt lol! I am no good at this stuff lol!

    2. There are also workshops done by WMG Publishing that cover interior and cover design. I'm taking the cover one now to brush up on and polish my skills. I'll probably do likewise for the interior design. It's always handing to be able to DIY, even if it takes time away from writing. It saves money. :D

  3. Hey Lisa,

    Angela Boudreaux Searles posted something interesting today. A formatting company called Awesome Possum Formatting. You might want to take a look at their Facebook page

    Looks like they are just starting out, but their prices are amazing and they've already got good reviews. Go into their about info and you'll see what they offer. It sounds like they do all the formatting for the different ebook devices. It didn't say anything about paper books, but I'll bet if you contact them they would tell you if they do that or not. It also sounds like they'll format images as well.

    I cannot wait for your release date! -Robin