For What It’s Worth, or Why I’m Hiring a Cover Designer for My Novella

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I am now one step closer to the release of my novella, My Brother, Romeo.

Today, I sent my acceptance of a quote for cover design by the talented folks at Design for Writers. This is the same firm that did the gorgeous cover for my novel, State v. Claus. If you’re an indie author looking for professionals to handle your cover, I highly recommend Design for Writers. (Note: They didn’t ask me to say this, nor are they giving me any kind of deal or perks for recommending them. I’m saying it because I remember how many hours I spent researching cover designers, and I’m hoping to save somebody else a little time.)

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I Wrote a Book

Sixteen years ago, I was going in for minor surgery, and it occurred to me to wonder what would happen if I didn’t come out of it. General anesthesia carries that risk. The funny thing is that I didn’t regret not marrying or not having kids. As I filled out pre-op forms, I realized that if I died, what I’d regret most at that last moment was that I’d never written a book.

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State v. Claus is live!

Thrilled to announce that State v. Claus is now live! You can buy State v. Claus wherever you like: directly from Tuxedo Cat Press (paperback only), from your neighborhood bookstore (paperback or ebook), from your favorite online bookstore (in whichever formats they offer). Read State v. Claus however you like–just head over to Tuxedo Cat […]

The Email List, Part 2: Ta-da!

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In the end, it was so simple.

It turns out that all you need to set up an email list is the help of an incredibly generous stranger, complemented by tech support that actually supports.

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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

We’re into the countdown. I’ve approved the interior file for the e-book, and I’m awaiting the pdf of the print book. Publication Day (defined as “before the end of the month”) draws nearer.

And I already have a growing list of things I wish I’d done differently which, for purposes of this post, means “sooner.”

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The Email Newsletter

Set up an email newsletter, they said. It’ll be easy, they said.

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As of this writing, I have spent nearly a week in trying to figure out how to set up an email newsletter that delivers a free story as a thank-you for signing up.

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The Book They Never Heard Of

COMING THIS FALL FROM

TUXEDO CAT PRESS!

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“Nobody can buy a book they’ve never heard of.”

I don’t know who said this, but in my opinion, it is the single most brilliant statement ever made about marketing, sales, and/or publicity.

Obviously, people in other sectors can substitute whatever product or service they like in place of “book,” but the principle stands. In fact, these days, it races around in my head like a deranged chipmunk.

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Going Boldly Forth

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matt. 7:7-8

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when Jesus spoke these words in the Sermon on the Mount, He wasn’t thinking about indie publishing. For one thing, none of the Big 5 publishing houses existed yet. Plus, Jesus didn’t have to worry about who would publish His sermons.

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First Things First

Charlotte

The good news is that I’m moving forward. Here are the things I’ve accomplished in the past two weeks.

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The Most Important Thing

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There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ve made my indie publishing journey more complicated (and more expensive) than it absolutely needs to be. Plenty of people find a premade cover they love, give their book a final proofreading, upload it to Amazon, and voilà! The book is published. Continue reading