Hooray, Women in Shorts is done! I’ve written it, edited it, had someone else edit it, edited it again in response to their feedback, reshuffled the stories, formatted the document, checked it all and uploaded it to CreateSpace. In parallel, I’ve designed the cover in Canva, tweaked it, printed it, changed it, and also uploaded that to CreateSpace. I’ve ordered a proof copy, waited a week, kicked myself and made changes. Then I’ve ordered another proof copy, waited a week, kicked myself and made changes again. By the way, I know this opening paragraph is not a very good opening paragraph and should be ruthlessly cut down – I’ve already done that, this is the abridged version. Most of the listed tasks should actually be listed multiple times, in particular the number of edits, which runs into double figures.
One of the things I love about being an indie-author is that I get to try my hand at everything – for example, this evening, I shall be ironing transfers onto canvas tote bags to send to all the other women in shorts who feature on the front cover.
Another wonder of digital self-publishing is that a mere few months after deciding to put the collection together, I’m now waiting to take delivery of a big fat parcel of books (and biting my nails that they will arrive on schedule). In the meantime, Women in Shorts is already available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle form (here). And I’m a bit worn out.
Next should come the marketing bit. I’m not very good at that. There’s lots of excellent advice around, and lots of resources and ideas you can either use yourself or pay others to use for you. I quite enjoy some of them, Facebook and Twitter for instance, but I’m not sure how much difference they actually make to my sales.
One of the best books I’ve read on the subject is Debbie Young’s Sell Your Books (read more here). She recommends tailoring your marketing plan according to the sort of thing you write and what you feel comfortable doing. So, for now, I shall be blowing my own trumpet on Facebook (just a bit), tweeting a bit, blogging a bit, reading a story and chatting with Nick Le Mesurier on the Stratford Words radio show next Sunday (19th November, 4-5pm, you can listen live here), and having a little celebration party with friends in our village hall at the end of the month (that’s why I’m so anxious about the books arriving on schedule). I also hope to find the time for a sizeable nap.
Then, in 2018, I’m looking forward to reading from Women in Shorts at WI meetings across the county and at Live Lit evenings, including Words of Love, Upstairs at Merchants in Warwick on Monday 12th February. After all, it was for events such as these that many of the stories in the collection were written.
*** UPDATE – I’ve just heard that Welcombe Radio is moving premises and will be off air until they can be reconnected on 26th November. So, sadly, this week’s Stratford Words is postponed to a later date. ***