15 comments on “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

  1. I’m so glad that you write about these various stages of editing and publishing – I’ve learned so much.
    I’m also going to have “King of the Road” going through my head all morning thanks to your beginning quotation. Not a bad way to start a Saturday, actually.

    • King of the Road – that got me laughing and started a cascade of memories for me. We used to run around singing that song when we were kids – I smoke old stogies I have found, short but not to big around, I’m a man of means by no means, King of the Road. Love that memory lane. I’m so glad that what I’ve experienced is helpful to others.

  2. Roy McCarthy says:

    How exciting, and you’re learning so much in the process Fran. I am delighted to pay for editing, proofreading, cover design, even formatting for CreateSpace etc. as I haven’t a clue, time or patience. I do enjoy having control over the end product though.

    • That is the ultimate goal – control over the end product in all ways. I like the model of pay for what you need. If you can afford to do it, there are so many talented people out there who do a great job at all the tasks mentioned and you pay them once for their service and move on. If you need to, you can pick and choose which service to employ. I like choice and being in control at the end of the process.

  3. evelynralph says:

    Reblogged this on evelynralph and commented:
    Fascinating insights.

  4. Thanks for blogging this, Fran. It sounds like our “great minds” are running on the same track. I’m so frustrated with the constant changing of the amazon prices on our first two assisted self-publisher books and the measly sum we get in royalties no matter how amazon’s prices change. However, we are pleased with how things are shaping up with our third book, Jake, Little Jimmy & Big Louie, which I did myself through our newly-named Moomor Publishing with printing and distribution through CreateSpace. We are busy now with organizing two book launches at our house next Sunday and a book reading the following Saturday at a children’s store in Vernon: Teach and Learn. If I didn’t have the sequels to Ian’s first two books on my computer for editing, I would re-publish the first two books in new editions on CreateSpace, as you have decided to do with your first books. There just isn’t enough time to re-layout our first ones until I get the editing pile down for the other ones. Ian’s age and physical problems leave him unable to do anything more than copyread what I produce. I’m just grateful he wrote so much while he was able. So we plug along as best we can. I guess my motto at the moment is “Slow and Steady Wins the Race!” I’ll be anxious to hear how everything progresses with you on the republishing new volumes. Best wishes, Gayle

    • Thanks, Gayle. As always, hindsight is 20-20. The process is coming along fine and I hope to do a seamless up with the new edition and down with the old kind of thing. What happens with the reviews remains to be seen. Rest assured, I will keep everyone updated.

  5. Fran,
    I would love to hear more about this whole process. Keep us posted as you work your way through all of this. It’s all good for us self-pubbers out here! 🙂

    • As I was just commenting to Gayle (above), the only thing that remains to be seen is the hopeful movement of the reviews from one edition to the next. I should have another post on the whole process next week.

  6. Erin says:

    Wow–so many bits and pieces to learn on the self-publishing road! Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us.

  7. Behind the Story says:

    Learning how to self-publish is, as you say, a steep learning curve. I used a self-publishing company: Dog Ear Publishing. I don’t know what I’ll do next time. There are so many ways to go about it … It makes my head spin.

    • What seems most important to me now is having my own ISBN and controlling all distribution sites – that means I log on to the various sites (Kobo, Smashwords and Amazon) and any changes or monitoring is my responsibility. But this has involved obtaining the ISBNs, contacting and working with an e-formatter, creating our own book covers, setting up the accounts with the various distributors and probably a number of other things I’m forgetting at this moment. I used the one-step-at-a-time method and it seems to all fall into place.

      • Behind the Story says:

        That’s what I’ve been using, the one-step-at-a-time method. It’s all I can keep in my head at one time.

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