Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Eating a Whale--My Self-pub Story
This is a new series on my blog, and it's my story about self-publishing. I've decided to do more than self-publish, however. I'm creating my own little publishing company. The word "little" is deceptive. Despite the fact that it will be small, the amount of work involved feels HUGE! (Hence the Shel Silverstein picture of Melinda Mae eating her whale one bite at a time.)
I'll be regularly blogging about the steps I take and the progress I make in this little venture of mine. My entries will be short most of the time (at least I hope so). I will try and give as many good tips as I can to my readers who are interested in doing something similar. Besides, it's the details that makes things interesting.
Oh, have a I said I plan to do this ON A BUDGET? Cause I am. My challenge is to fund my business in five ways:
1) any money I make (and have made) on Amazon and Smashwords from previously e-pubbed books (so far that is $150).
2) substitute teaching about once a week. I like doing this because I see my kids, and it's great undercover research for my middle grade and young adult books. I only make $55/day, so this only amounts to $220 a month minus taxes. Not much.
3) by selling unneeded stuff around the house through classified ads. (I have a baby jogging stroller. Anyone interested?)
4) any loose change I find doing the laundry. :)
5) a start-up loan of $1,000.
My desire is to see if anyone (even someone with practically no budget) can start a publishing business and make it work.
Okay, that's it. Should be easy, right?
A few disclaimers:
1) I'm a great writer (haha) but a messy typist. That means there will be typos on this blog. I don't want to take a ton of time perfecting these posts. I want to get the info out and get on to my many tasks. Forgive me.
2) I have many friends who are helping me with this project. I will give them fake names to protect their online identity. Maybe they don't care, but I would hate to cause grief by not doing it. That said, dear friends, just because I give you a fake name, don't think I love you any less. :)
Tomorrow it begins with: Choosing a Name for My Publishing Business