Hey folks! Another week another stop, and this one has a few gems in it, like what I would do if I had the misfortune of winding up in the world of the Creation Saga for a day. Check it out!
Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted directly here. For those keeping track, we’re a little over halfway through the blog tour. I’ll be officially back here with your weekly Friday post in July. July 27th to be exact. But since I had some thoughts to share, I thought I’d check in to do a quick rundown of the publishing process for Daughter of Madness.
So first, let’s outline the normal process in a traditional publishing house.
- Finish a first draft.
- Finishing rewrites.
- Sell the book to a house.*
- Cover design.
- Final edits.
*For a sequel, you typically sell the series first so this would be step #1.
This is not exactly how things flowed for this book, but this is the process you’re most likely to see for a book through a publishing house, with some wiggling. I also have to note there’s a huge marketing piece of publishing a book as well that is very difficult to juggle and deserves some examination, but for now we’re just going to focus on publication, not marketing. This is only what it takes to make the book, not to get people to buy it.
The process for Daughter of Madness was a little out of order from the above. It looked something like this:
- Cover design.
- Finish a first draft.
- Finish rewrites.
- Final edits.
- Ebook publication.
- Cover revisions (print version).
- Print publication.
First, let’s talk about the things that went great. This was my first time doing Kindle Preorders. That was excellent. It gave me a hard release date to work towards and market around. I sold some books before I had even finished polishing, though not as many as I would have liked. The downside of the preorder was that I set it up before I was done with step #3 up there, so I was really scrambling at the end and lost a lot of sleep, as one might imagine. That said, overall the ebook launch went off without a hitch.
The print book launch had some glitches.
First, I did my print book launch through CreateSpace, not through Amazon. I made this choice because, for me, it is better to maintain distribution flexibility by using CreateSpace. Many bookstores, libraries, etc, will not buy direct from Amazon. There are other POD services that can be used that I will be investigating for the next book, because CreateSpace is really not competitive in terms of its functionality. It really feels a bit like it’s being intentionally lampooned, actually. I
With the print book, I could not set a preorder date. That means that I couldn’t go through the review process and then be sure my book would show up for order on Amazon at a set time. I could and did publish to CreateSpace pretty quickly, but the rollout to other distribution channels can take up to 8 weeks for some markets, which is insane. Combine that with other glitches that were totally on my end, and I just received personal copies of the print book this Tuesday and just saw it listed on Amazon this Wednesday.
As far as the formatting process, I really enjoyed formatting with Scrivener this time through. My last two releases were formatted in Word. I had planned to do the same this time because it is what I was more familiar with, but my license for Microsoft Office expired about a month ago and I was too cheap to renew. Instead, I used Scrivener, which I have had for a couple of years now but have had a mixed relationship with. I’m now a full cheerleader for this product. It allowed me to easily produce .epub files for giveaways and to make changes to my formatting within minutes. I now have my own free files I can use for promotion, which I didn’t have for my last two books, and I love the interior of Daughter of Madness. The new formatting maintains some of the aesthetic of Mother of Creation but is far more reader-friendly. I will probably see how much I can fiddle with the formatting of Mother of Creation in the next few weeks, but we’ll see.
Each publication has left me learning more and more about publishing, and that’s a good thing. By the time I have a complete series to promote, I’m going to be an expert! There is one more book in the series, and there are relatively few things I would do differently next time around. My cover artist continues to be a joy to work with and overall I’m very pleased about the look and feel of this book.
If there’s something in particular you’d like to see a future post about, please drop me an email or leave a comment below. I’m happy to share what bits of knowledge I’ve gleaned over the years.
See you here again in July, and until then please do check into the blog tour for giveaway links!
I have worked so hard on this book for so long, and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with myself. Really, I have no clue how to adult without this book being in the wings. Daughter of Madness is definitely some of my best work to date and I look forward to getting even better. I really hope you all enjoy this read. If you do, tell your friends.
Some housekeeping about the release, mostly fun.
- The ebook is out, link above. The paperback may be slightly delayed due to some formatting issues which popped up this week (they were mostly my fault because of a new software I was using). Link above still works though! If you want signed copies of both books there is a raffle associated with my blog tour, linked here. So enter to win! (The drawing won’t be held until the end of the tour in July, to be fair to everyone.)
- I am planning an audiobook release but it will be pushed separately from the print and ebook copies – I have gotten some questions on that so wanted to keep you informed. You’ll have a date when I do. Audio is a lot of work in its own right, so I wanted to take the time to be sure I did it correctly.
- There is one more book in this series and I already have it outlined. I’m taking a break from the world to do some editing on another project and while I’m working on that I’m going to probably scratch out another novella I’ve promised myself. After that it’s back to drafting the last bit of the Creation Saga. I imagine I’ll start on it sometime around when I start on the audiobook, since that seems to be a good method for me. Updates will no doubt follow, and you’ll get them here or in the newsletter, as per the usual.
But all that is work for tomorrow. For now, I hope you enjoy Daughter of Madness. I’ll be off having a drink!