Doing things in the correct order is important.
*asked my blog readers if they would like to read some short stories (“Yes, bring them on!”)*bought Word 2013 for my laptop*typed in my short stories*found beta readers (including you)*edited my stories using their feedback*sought guidance from Sue and Joel Caulfield about where and how to publish my book*kept doing my research and read a ton of blog posts about self-publishing until I was convinced it was something I’d like to try*tried to get a cover created – and went through a few designers*finally found one to create one for a reasonable fee*applied for an ISBN (free for me, because I live in Canada and am Canadian)*tried to format my manuscript for Amazon*sought help in an indie author Facebook group*received formatting assistance from Rich Meyer, who put the finishing touches on it*uploaded it to Amazon*realized there was one tiny error, tried to fix it and did, then uploaded a new file*wondered if I needed a new ISBN number because it was a new file (YES)*added my poem to the ebook in such a way that I didn’t have to mess around with more formatting*obtained a new ISBN for it, added it to the file, and then uploaded it to Amazon for the third and final timeI also added it to Goodreads and have plans to add it to Smashwords once it’s formatted for them (the formatting is different there).
Author: Lorraine Reguly
Lorraine Reguly, BA/BEd, is an author. She is also an English teacher-turned-freelancer for hire, and offers 4 different services on Wording Well: writing (including blogging and ghostwriting); editing; and mentoring. She also helps others become published authors! Check out her services and see what she can do for you to help you!