Friday, 13 December 2013

Labour of love - Writing, editing and self publishing

My book The Awakening first began when I was on maternity leave with my son who is now 3!!!(I told you it was a labour of love).  I wrote a few thousand words and then went back to work and forgot about it but a year or so later I began writing again and in the summer of 2012 I began to think about actually publishing it and gave it to my sister to read. She gave me a B+ and some encouragement.  I made a few changes and then she read it again and gave me an A and a smiley face. What more could you want.  So I started researching self publication and my journey began.

All the blogs, websites, Facebook pages I read seemed to advise editing/proof reading so I emailed a few people in November/December 2012 to get some quotes. They ranged from £350 to a jaw dropping £1000 for full on editing. Now whilst I wanted a good product I did not have that sort of money. One lady I emailed however suggested sending it to some beta readers and then amending sections myself. I knew what beta readers were but not how to find them but through the wonders of Facebook I found a few people that were interested and sent my document to them and anxiously awaited their verdicts.

In January 2013 I received my replies and on the whole the feedback was positive, encouraging and very helpful.  I made a lot of amendments and it really helped me improve my book but it took a while as I have a regular part time job and 2 children. In June 2013 I then sent the revised version to 2 further beta readers who really liked it and I finally made the decision to self publish. The last step was professional proofreading and a fab ebook cover and this was done in November 2013.  This finally brings us to the present and on the 6th December 2013 The Awakening went live.

Wow!!! My first ever blog

Welcome to my first blog. I'm not really sure what I'm doing so you'll have to bear with me (is that the right bear - my brain is a bit fried today!). In here I will give more info into my adventures into self publishing and how my book came into existence.  Please feel free to comment. Happy Friday everyone. x