30 comments on “Work-in-Progress: The Light Never Lies

  1. Self publishing yourself is amazing. I am totally discouraged by the current costs of getting my second book published. Go for it: you are fortunate that you have such awesome support from your talented family. You also are an excellent blogger.

    • My first experience with assisted-self-publishing cost far too much and I lost too much control. I can’t reset the price on Amazon and my unit cost for purchasing books to sell in our local market is too high. The break-even point is way down the road. We are really trying to do most everything ourselves this time. And if the process isn’t over-the-top, I’m seriously considering re-issuing my first book under Huckleberry Haven Publishing. We’ll see. Thanks for getting into this discussion.

  2. I think you are doing the right thing by starting your own self-publishing business. The cost of using a current self-publisher is quite expensive. With your support from your talented and supportive family, you will do very well.

  3. Laura Hogan says:

    I’ve been considering self-publishing recently and checked out CreateSpace yesterday and created a draft cover. Do you have any resources for formatting issues with CreateSpace? Thanks 🙂

    • We haven’t started on the cover yet, not sure if we’ll use CreateSpace resources for that. I’m going to give you a link for a blog post where the blogger, Joanne Phillips, describes exactly how she set up a formatting template in Microsoft word to drop into CreateSpace. I found it really helpful. http://wp.me/p269vZ-QL Thanks for stopping by and starting up a conversation.

  4. It all sounds very full on and I really enjoyed reading about the process. Some pretty thought provoking stuff too! I like the idea of the beats and showing, not telling. Very interesting! Thanks.

    • You’re right about a lot going on. I hadn’t realized that after the first novel was published, I would have promotional efforts right alongside writing, rewriting, editing and getting ready for the next publishing round. Whew. It does stay interesting, though. Thanks for stopping by, Julian.

  5. How exciting, Francis! Wishing you all the best with your new venture. I admire your motivation as well as your patience. I just want to write; I’d never have the patience for all of the research involved. Kudos to you!

    • The internet, various blogs, and groups make finding the information a bit easier. People are quite generous when I go out and ask questions. Most of the people who have made a go of it with self-publishing have been in the same spot, so they are happy to share. Thanks for the thumbs up 🙂

  6. mysticcooking says:

    Love the flower pics – so pretty! And how exciting to be moving along with your sequel and going it alone this time! Thanks for sharing your process, and tons of luck to you!

    p.s. I love the logo design! Simple yet effective, looks very professional. 🙂

    • Thanks for the compliments on the logo – I love it, too. My son was able to work from a very crude little drawing I had done on the back of a scrap of paper. What kids won’t do when a mom begs, right?

  7. Gwen Stephens says:

    I enjoyed getting this update and loved learning about your writing process, since you’re a writer I admire. What I appreciate most is your objectivity toward your manuscript. How you can look at it critically and see what needs to be fixed. The Emotion Thesaurus is one of my favorite resources. My writing has stalled lately. Summer is no good for a lot of writers, as I’ve learned here in the blogosphere. It seems I’m not the only one who’s struggled with productivity. School starts today though, adding structure back into our days and a routine that’s much more conducive to the writing life. I’m looking forward to dusting off the outline I’ve started for my novel rewrite.

    I think most exciting news in this post is your venture into true self-publishing. You’re an entrepreneur now in the most real sense. Congrats, Fran and thanks for the newsy update. Can’t wait to get my hands on that sequel. Do you have an anticipated release date?

    • After years of sending kids off to school and then subsequent years of attending school myself, I always have a sense of something about to get started when Sept. rolls around. I find myself looking through school supply flyers with longing.

      The venture into true self-publishing is a scary one, but we are determined to give it a try. With more than a few book ideas still on the drawing board, my plan is to learn the ropes this time and have a skill set I can make use of over the coming years.

      I am hoping to have The Light Never Lies out to the public in May of 2014. Maybe I’ll have some advanced reading copies or mobi files earlier. This time around, I want to look for a few readers who will advance read and have reviews ready for the official release. I have heard that’s a good idea.

      As always, Gwen, thanks so much for the support.

  8. I found this information most helpful as I am almost at the end of editing my first novel, so publication is looming.

    I have a graphic designer friend who I am hoping will sort out the cover, but I was thinking along the lines of approaching local printers to see how much they would charge to print and bind.

    If you think this is not the right way forward, which other organisation would you recommend to both publish and produce the finished article?

    Lastly, which should have come first, I did so love reading Disappearing in Plain Site, and will certainly read this latest one.

    Congratulations on having come this far. The very best of luck with the rest of the journey, and ‘Thanks So Much’, for sharing this most valuable experience.

    Janet Scrivens

    • I recently read another post by Joanne Phillips on the publication of her newest novel – she is using 3 separate places for printing – CreateSpace for Amazon.com; Lightening Source for Amazon.uk and other places, and a local printer who is giving her a good price on a block of printing for her local market. At first, I thought – OMG – complicated. But the more I think about it, the more I think – why not? Once the formatting work is done, it would just be a matter of loading things up with the other venues. The main thing for me right now is trying to have my unit cost for books I sell in my local market come down a bit.

      Definitely, Disappearing in Plain Sight comes first. The Light Never Lies picks up the threads of everyone’s life almost one year down the road. If the theme of Disappearing in Plain Sight was getting on with your life, the theme of The Light Never Lies is how that getting on can get messy.

      Thanks so much for your support, Janet.

  9. So great that you have the support of your family!

    • Ya, I’ll say – if not, I’d be in the poor house, again. We’re really trying to balance getting a quality product with spending as little as possible. The one good thing I did get from Friesen Press was a good quality trade paperback that shows well when we go into stores etc. So, I definitely want that again. Right now, we’ll see how DY works and if it isn’t up to the standards we’ve set – then we’ll be shopping around.

  10. Thanks for sharing the new process with your second novel. The act of writing itself is hard work. But the energy needed to rewrite and rewrite and the process of putting the art out there is fraught with seemingly endless decisions and strategies. I wish you the best and am looking forward to purchasing the sequel next spring!

    • Thanks so much for the support. I keep telling myself – books sales are built one reader at a time. This self-publishing business is very much about slowly but surely. I’m just plugging away in my own field of dreams – if you write it they will come!

  11. Roy McCarthy says:

    I’m fascinated by your attention to detail Francis. To date I’ve used an editor but, in truth, he never changed much from the first draft. True, he cleared up the spelling, punctuation etc. I’m aware that – this next time around – I’ll need to pay much more attention to editing, re-writing etc. And probably, fourth time around, I’ve learnt a bit more about the requirements for a good book. But I doubt I’d ever have your dedication to your art.

    • It certainly is a learning process. I am amazed at what I know this time around and then humbled in turn by how much more there is to learn. Thanks, as always, for the support, Roy.

  12. Francina says:

    Interesting post again, Francis. When I see how much time and effort is going into my little project to self publish from a till z my new poetry book, self publishing a full novel is a very challenging adventure I think. Typos are indeed very important to avoid, because you notice them right away when reading a book. The show and not tell rule is a golden rule indeed. I’m positive that with all the support you get from your family , you will succeed!
    groetjes, Francina

    • Thanks so much, Francina, for the well-wishes and your confidence in my ability to make all of this work. When it gets a bit overwhelming, I just remind myself – one step at a time. Support from family (and so many blog friends) sure does help.

  13. I’m taking notes, Francis! In which book does Stephen King talk about writing in one season? I like that.

    • Hi Darla – I’ve only read the one book on writing craft by Stephen King and that is – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. So it has to have been in there. In the old research/academic writing days, I would have a page number for you, but, alas, those days are past. Thanks for taking notes, though.

  14. You’re a force to be reckoned with, Francis! It’s wonderful of you to share your process. It seems so daunting and yet, here you are, having done it and doing it again…only this time, you’re taking even more onto your already brimming plate. Wow! I really appreciate the information you’ve shared and I’m going to reblog this for the benefit of my readers.

    I’m happy for you. :0)

  15. Reblogged this on hazyshadesofme and commented:
    And this folks, is how you get things done!

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