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Thread: Mclesh's Mad Self-Publishing Diary

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    Talking Mclesh's Mad Self-Publishing Diary

    Since publishing my first SP book (Let Me Get This Off My Chest) a year ago, I received the rights back on my two lower MG paranormal/humor books which were under contract with a small e-only pub. (Because of delays, first on my end because of surgery, and then on their end, the time span specified in my contract ran. I, erm, politely asked for my rights back, and they were returned. We remain on friendly terms, which is good because they hold the rights to my first two books.)

    It just seemed like I could do a better job myself (with my creative partner Mr. Steveís help) offering my books in paperback since the young readers still donít seem to be on board with e-books.

    So thatís my story. Iím veeeery excited, even though itís a lot of work being your own publishing company. (But you all know that.)

    Hereís where Iím at so far and my production schedule:
    Proofs ordered for Mr. Katz is a Zombie (HURRAY!)
    Send out ARCs to review sites by mid-to-late July
    Mr. Steve is currently working on the ebook versions, mostly placing the illustrations and tweaking
    Offer eARCs through a Netgalley co-op, and LibraryThing
    Upload book info to Goodreads soonish
    Offer eARCs on Goodreads through the Making Connections group
    Create separate section on my website for the series
    Create Twitter account for the seriesí characters (not sure how Iíll do this until I do it. The idea is that the MCs will be communicating to each other via tweets. May end in disaster.)
    Continue to work on and finish bookís Pinterest page (which is set to secret until itís ready)
    Look for blogger reviewers who specialize in MG books
    Create Facebook event a few days before release. (Iíve never done this before because I donít want my friends to disown me. This will be a first. Iím hoping to keep it fun and light. Itíll be some kind of book release/dance party type of thing.)

    Release dates for the Goethalsburg Ghost Squad Series:
    Mr. Katz is a Zombie, 10/14/14
    Martin Barton Might be a Werewolf, Spring 2015
    Ghost Pirates are the Worst Kind of Pirates, Fall 2015

    As things progress, Iíll evaluate whether to continue the series to a book 4, or not. Books 2 and 3 are already written. Book 2 needs to be edited; book 3 has a few revisions, then editing, to go.

    Iím very excited about this, but I have to admit, lately Iíve been feeling a bit like a dog chasing its tail.

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    *gets in line*

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    *falls in love with your titles*

    *swoons*

    *patiently gets in line behind the hedgepig*

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    Hedgehog and Lusty:
    *licks you both

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    Glad to have you with us on the Dark Side, Mclesh. I'll be following your thread with interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman D Gutter View Post
    Glad to have you with us on the Dark Side, Mclesh. I'll be following your thread with interest.

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    You have a self-pub thread now!!!!!!!

    *SUBSCRIBES*

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    Quote Originally Posted by slhuang View Post
    You have a self-pub thread now!!!!!!!

    *SUBSCRIBES*


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mclesh View Post
    Is there a secret handshake?

    We've all been too busy writing and publishing to develop that part of the ritual.
    Last edited by Norman D Gutter; 07-03-2014 at 04:55 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman D Gutter View Post
    We've all been too busy writing and publishing to develop that part of the ritua.
    Maybe we need a good code word for our secret meetings.

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    Congratulations on taking the leap, Mclesh! Looking forward to cheering you on! :-)
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    Congrats!! Hope you have a lot of sales!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLMcKeown View Post
    Woo! Can't wait to see your updates!
    Thank you! I hope they're "woo" worthy.

    Thanks, everyone.

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    I'm so excited for you! Can't wait for future updates and successes!

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    Thank you, Leslie!

    I got the proofs from Createspace yesterday, and I have to say, I really love the matte finish. We will be uploading a new version of the book (when I say "we" I mean Mr. Steve) because CS moved things around a bit. Apparently they don't like white space.

    He's also learned that when they say the allow for bleeds, what they really mean is that they don't want things to bleed. He's had to do a bit of working around, but I'm very happy with the quality, especially considering how many graphics there are in the book.
    Last edited by Mclesh; 07-04-2014 at 09:40 PM. Reason: brain can't words

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mclesh View Post
    Thank you, Leslie!

    I got the proofs from Createspace yesterday, and I have to say, I really love the matte finish. We will be uploading a new version of the book (when I say "we" I mean Mr. Steve) because CS moved things around a bit. Apparently they don't like white space.

    He's also learned that when they say the allow for bleeds, what they really mean is that they don't want things to bleed. He's had to do a bit of working around, but I'm very happy with the quality, especially considering how many graphics there are in the book.
    I look forward to them. How hard did you find the formatting the books for create space and epub? Going through editors notes now so within the next few days I'll have to tackle that as well.

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    I love the matte finish too!

    Sorry about the bleeding. . . (that sounds creepy!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by benluby View Post
    I look forward to them. How hard did you find the formatting the books for create space and epub? Going through editors notes now so within the next few days I'll have to tackle that as well.
    Ben, that's a big question. I don't want to scare anyone.

    Steve did all of the layout on LMGTOMC for the print version a year ago. There was a bit of pain involved then--I think he lost a bit of hair--and since it's been a year since he put that book together, he kind of had to go through and relearn how CS does things. (This is a guy who's been a graphic designer, had his own publishing company where he did all the layout for his magazines, as well as working as for Apple and Adobe as a product rep.)

    With that as his background, I'd say he's been working pretty steadily the past couple of weeks getting the book's layout and cover to look right. He is a perfectionist, though. The cover looks great to me as it is, and he was not happy with how CS shifted things a bit.

    So I guess it goes to what your expectations are a little bit.

    He's working on the electronic versions, and that's going pretty well. (Although, I'm disappointed that we can't use the same typeface we're using in the paperback.)

    These books are more complex because of the illustrations and little graphics and getting them placed right within the text.

    If you're not experienced with layout, I'd see about getting help. I would not want to do this myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Literateparakeet View Post
    I love the matte finish too!

    Sorry about the bleeding. . . (that sounds creepy!)

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    I second the love for your titles! I've been wishy-washy about going the paperback route, so it's always nice to see another canary ahead of me in the mineshaft Best of luck to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grayworld View Post
    I second the love for your titles! I've been wishy-washy about going the paperback route, so it's always nice to see another canary ahead of me in the mineshaft Best of luck to you!
    grayworld, I'm glad you approve!

    I've read mixed reviews about offering paperbacks. For my lower middle grade audience, it seems pretty essential, which is why we're putting so much effort that way. (And when I say "we," erm, well... poor Steve.)

    I did learn with my nonfiction, though, that having a paperback does open doors. It can help with reviewers who only take physical copies, as well as giving the buyer the option.

    So we'll see.

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    Looking forward to following your journey, Mclesh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Joyce View Post
    Looking forward to following your journey, Mclesh!
    Thank you, Ann! I appreciate it.

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