What fool said writing the book was the hard part…?
I accept that the writing and editing took a long time but that was only the start of it…
This last week has been about Press Releases. I didn’t do one at launch time (mainly because I didn’t even think about it) and so, six months later, I’ve been catching up.
A small confession: whilst those that know me might think otherwise, I’m not as self-confident as I make myself out to be. I’m actually very self-critical – perhaps overly so. I vaguely hope that this keeps me more “levelled” (and my otherwise sizeable ego in check) but it’s a serious flaw when it comes to book promotion and, if there’s one thing that an Indie Writer has to do to endlessly it’s – you guessed it – promote their work…
Stick this promotional activity on top of the book design, typography, cover art, layout, twitter community development, blog-site development, file format optimisation, brand definition, etc. and I’m starting to really understand just how much energy, support and skill the traditional publishing industry puts behind its releases.
I did, however, get another small slice of positive encouragement this week, regarding the book cover, via one of my favourite resource websites (called The Book Designer and run by a guy called Joel Friedlander – I strongly recommend any visiting indie writers to check it out). Anyway, I submitted Firebird’s cover to his monthly just-for-fun cover competition, then closed my eyes and bravely hoped for the best: JF seems to tell it how he sees it – often bluntly…!! Well, the results are out and Joel’s only critique was that he thinks it doesn’t need to have 3D lettering in the typeface.
“A strong cover…,” says Mr. Friedlander.
Well, the mad “fool” that thought that the initial writing would be the hard part – i.e. me – will take that as praise indeed!
(hmmm… there’s my hoover… I wonder, if I clench my butt cheeks hard enough, whether I can drag it around behind me whilst I’m doing all this other stuff? The carpets do need a good clean…)
Joel Friedlander’s October Book Cover Results (The Book Designer Website)