This box of resource books arrived while I was trying to figure out my cover design. I buy almost all of my craft books in print form so that I can underline phrases, ear mark pages, apply sticky notes, and make notations in the margins. The two in the front were recommended at the Nationals and the other two were recommended by Amazon.
I’ve finished Write Publish Repeat, The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success by Sean Platt, Johnny B.Truant with David Wright. Loved it. I’ll be talking about it for a long time to come, so I won’t go into detail here. I’ve started watching their podcasts (i.e., SPP – Self Publishing Podcasts) on You Tube. They make one every week, cover a lots of great topics and have really interesting guests, like CJ Lyons and Hugh Howey- icons in the indie universe. They joke around a lot, but they also provide heaps of information. That’s where I first heard about 99designs.
Do you have favorite books on the subject? These four are just the beginning for me.
Once I started looking, I found tons of articles coming my way about Indie publishing. Two of note. “Self-Publishing: A Step-by-Step Plan” by Gigi Panidan in the First Draft Sister’s in Crime magazine and “Self-Publishing: Finding an Editor” by Lourdes Venard also from the First Draft Sister’s in Crime mag.
Meanwhile, I’m taking an excellent coffin course from the Kiss of Death chapter of the RWA, Before Bond and Clouseau by Beth Daniels. I’m learning all about the history of espionage. Da da da daaaaaaah. Quite intriguing.
Did you know that the U.S. Secret Service was formed by President Lincoln on the day of his assassination to investigate counterfeit money? Love the details.
September has been wild. It’s my first month being on the Indie track. I’m like the little train that could. “I think I can…I think I can…I think I can.” Coming to the end of the first bend in the tracks, I’ve figured out enough acronyms to survive in my new world, got a cover design for my first book that I love, found a designer who’s great to work with (Nina French), read tons about how to self-publish, and am currently in search of a good copy-editor. Phew. It’s exciting being in charge, but it’s also crazy-ass busy. Did I mention that I finished the first draft of a book? Ancient Danger. That too.
My friends wonder where I disappeared to. Actually some days I wonder. I’ve been walking a fine line between embracing creative solitude and becoming a weird old bat in a flannel nightgown.
I think October will be more normal. Maybe.
How About You?
Have you read some good craft books lately? Are you on the verge of going batty? Love to hear from you.
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