Monday, October 27, 2014

Self-Publishing

I fully plan on self-publishing someday. I really don't have a time frame of when(2 years? 4 years? 6 years? Dunno!) but I know that I want to. But you've heard the saying that if something's worth doing, it's worth doing right, haven't you? When I self-publish, I want to hire an editor and a really great cover artist. And the coffers of Wallace just aren't up to supporting that right now. More pennies need to go into my white ceramic French bulldog penny bank first. =)

But with having these intentions, I am very intrigued when someone announces their intent to sp. I follow their journeys intently, making notes of what to do/not do. And I am super fascinated when it comes cover reveal time. I love covers. I mean, who of us doesn't? Covers are like crack to us book lovers. They give a glimpse of the world that's waiting within the pages. Covers are powerful. They either pull us in or push us back.

I cannot wait to one day craft my own cover. If I'm honest, this is one of the biggest draws for me when it comes to self-publishing. The thought of all that creative freedom...*shivers in delicious excitement* But then on the opposite end of the spectrum, I have to say the biggest detractor in sp for me is knowing that I'll be 100% responsible for my book finding even the tiniest of audiences. And it's scary to think that I could be investing money that I might not get back. Ack. But these worries are for another time and day.

Right now I'd like to turn your focus to several sp books recently released that I really like the covers for. These beauties definitely(for me)  fall in the 'pull you in' spectrum.


I love how the title plays in w/the police tape. And her blue polka dots! 
Goodreads | Kate's blog
I am a sucker for silhouettes & stars. Sucker, I tell you!
Goodreads | Maansi's twitter
Swords, knives, daggers- I love 'em. As well as clocky gear thingies. 
Goodreads | Corinne's website
Love the blue and the moonlit forest. Not to mention the tiger!
Goodreads | L.A.'s website
This feels so warm and inviting, plus there's a field of wheat. Like!

43 comments:

  1. Ooh! Those are some great ones. I'm right there with you. A gorgeous cover gets me every time. (That's why I leave the library with 5 books every week--and let's not talk about how backed up my kindle is.)

    Leandra! I had no idea you were planning to go that route! You're playing it smart, taking your time. You know, I think editing costs can be significantly chopped if you use a critique group before going there. If the editor has less to do, they charge less. I'm hoping your piggy bank fills up quickly!

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    1. Yes, I definitely plan on running anything I sp by my three CPs. I hope that traditional publishing is in my future somewhere too, but I know for sure sp is. I'd love to get to be a hybrid!

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  2. Those are all great covers. Smart to hire a professional, since the cover can make or break a book. And do take your time. Do it when you and the book are ready.

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    1. Oh, yeah, I definitely wouldn't want to rush anything and regret it later.

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  3. I agree that it's so important to have a great cover! Because I'm also a photographer, if I went the self-publishing route I think I'd first see how feasible it was for me to set up a shoot just for my cover. Elana Johnson did that with her book and it was a great cover! I tend to prefer covers that look like photographs over drawings and computer artwork anyway. But so much of it depends on the subject of the book. I think I'd do better at shooting covers for contemporary books, but I don't write them. :P

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    1. Yes, I really loved Elana's cover. And you're right, I think it would be hard to shoot a fantasy cover. Contemporary does do well w/shooting it yourself. And yanno, maybe romance, if you could find a guy w/big ol' muscles! ;)

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  4. those covers are gorgeous--better than books I've seen at B&N ...honestly SP is completely different from what it used to be. So many traditionally pubbed authors are choosing that route. Knowing you have full control outweighs any negatives in my opinion. And marketing can be fun! :) I think traditional pubbed authors have to market way more than ever nowadays anyway--probably not much of a difference at all.

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    1. This is so true! And it's great how much the sp landscape has changed. But definitely, trad or sp, you better be willing to get out there and push your book. Hopefully in a friendly, non-annoying way, lol!

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  5. It's definitely a route I've considered. One day I might actually do it :) And I agree, professional covers are soooo important! It sets books apart and goes a long way toward enticing me to read!

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    1. Yes, for every great one sp cover I see, there are probably three more out there that just make me cringe. And no author wants that!

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  6. Those are great covers, Leandra! Not sure I'd ever be brave enough to go the self-publishing route, but the creative control is definitely enticing. I also do mock covers for my novels, just for fun. :) And, definitely, if you're going to go that route, I think getting a professionally made cover and hiring an editor are a must.

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    1. I wish I could do mock covers, but alas, I don't even have that skill! Yes, I would never ever consider putting my work out there w/out the eye of an editor on it first.

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  7. The thought of self-publishing is terrifying to me (mostly because you're solely responsible for promoting your book), but I do keep it in the back of my head as an option. I love how excited you are about crafting the cover. I have absolutely no idea what I would want on mine!

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    1. I've got mine narrowed down to two different styles. One more artsy, the other would feature your prerequisite girl you see a lot on YA. Not sure if I should be different, or stick w/the trends! =)

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  8. Leandra, thanks for your kind words about my cover! I absolutely love it. And I'm so excited to hear that you're considering sp. I tell ya, I thought about it a looooong time before I actually took the leap. Like you, I didn't want to rush something out that was cringe worthy. Just the fact that you're thinking about it so seriously, and thinking ahead to creating a quality product, means you'll do just that--create quality for your readers. I wish you the best of luck! And remember, I'm here for you if you ever have ANY questions. At all. Seriously.

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    1. Oh, thanks, Julie! Knowing you believe that is heart-warming. And thanks for the offer to pick your brain, I'll have to take you up on that someday!

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  9. These are really good cover art. Me, I hire my talented nephew for all my covers. He's really good, and cuts me a family discount.

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    1. You can't beat it when your family has the know-how! (none of mine do)

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  10. Those are lovely covers - Kate's really caught my attention. My suggestion is to do what I did - get a small publisher to take it. They spend all the money and all you have to do is the promotion. (They also keep about half the profits, but at least you have no outlay and the French bulldog gets to keep his pennies!)

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    1. Haha, he's already very stingy w/them! Yes, I plan on querying some small presses here soon, and would love if one of them said yes. Some small presses really bring a lot to the tables these days!

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  11. Gorgeous selection of covers! I adooooore cover art (I even have a Pintrest board I call "Cover Envy" just for the obsession!). BTW, did you know Kate Avery Ellison does her own cover art? She says Photoshop is a "hobby" of hers. I need a hobby like that! I think I've narrowed down my cover artist choices to two, and I'm excited to start that as a step in this self-pub journey. But first... the re-writes need to be finished! Details, details... :-) I love dreaming up ideas though!! Can't wait for a cover reveal of my own!

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    1. That's a good idea for a Pinterest board! Wow, I didn't know she did it herself, that's pretty neat. She does a great job! And, yes, can't wait to see your cover!

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  12. Ooooh, I love those covers! A good cover is totally book-crack :) And also, good covers make me wish I had more creative freedom with mine. Sigh. Someday, maybe! But the whole lack of funds on this end definitely makes it easier for someone else to pay for it...

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    1. That's for sure! I think all your covers have been really good. I have seen some small press ones that I've not bee impressed with, but yours aren't don't fall into that category, so yay! And I've also seen some Big 5 covers I've not been too impressed with. =)

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  13. I love being a hybrid author, both publishing traditionally and self-publishing. There are perks to both. I agree though. Don't rush into self-publishing. Do it right. :) Cover are so important. I'm researching cover designers at the moment for a project i have in the works. Oops, did I just leak that? ;)

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    1. Neato, can't wait to hear more about that! And, yes, I for sure don't want to rush anything.

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  14. Very cool. I love that SP is taking off and getting so competitive with traditional publishing. Mira Reisberg is offering a self-publishing course through her children's book academy in the near future--at least that's what I heard. :)

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  15. I love those covers, and I agree, if you're going to self-publish, you need to spend the money to do it right. I have a couple projects that might not have the "commercial" appeal to sell with the big guys, and I am keeping my mind open to SP as an option.

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    1. I'd love to see what you come out w/for sp, Dianne!

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  16. Some great covers there! I agree that if I decide to SP I will want to do it right and that won't come cheap I'm sure. I have dreamt what my cover might look like though - that's exciting!

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    1. It is exciting! I've done a lot of that dreaming myself. =)

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  17. My husband's former father-in-law teaches workshops on self-publishing. He has a Facebook page where people share tips on the self-publishing process. There might be something there that can help you: https://www.facebook.com/groups/createbook/

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  18. These covers are STUNNING. I would be proud to have any of them on a book if I self-published one day! My heart tells me I want to go the traditional route, but I haven't completely ruled out self-publishing yet. I went to a panel the other day led by three agents, one of whom said that she reps someone who is traditionally published yet self-publishes her own work for fun on the side, under a pseudonym. So picking one might not rule out the other completely! Hope you're well!

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    1. Yes, I'd really love to be both. Seems like it could be the best of both worlds! Or have your cake and eat it, too? =)

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  19. Great covers! When you read indie books that you like and see indie covers you like, ask the author who they used. It's never too early to compile a few lists.

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    1. Oh, yes, I already have some folders saved in my email w/possible cover designers. Like you said, never too early!

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  20. The ability to choose my own cover and be a part of that design and creative process is definitely a draw to sp for me also. LOVE all the covers you showed. I am so impressed with the sp covers I've seen lately around the blogosphere too.

    Also, I'm making a note of the Facebook page Stephanie shared! :)

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    1. Right? I'm such a visual person, and having that control would be awesome!

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  21. Your right - the best and worst parts of self publishing is that everything is down to us.

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    1. That's a great way to sum it up, Patsy.

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  22. Great cover selections! I really like The Regenerates.

    I'm sure when you self-publish, you will be wise in your decisions and have a super awesome cover of your own. :)

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