Self-Publishing: One Step at a Time
This blog entry is about book
publishing. I am self-publishing My Psychic Search book. Ever wondered what it is like to self-publish?
The thing that I am seeing is that I have to take things one step at a time. I can't do everything which needs
to be done at the same time. The first step is producing a physical book which I can sell at events and on my website. Then,
there will be an e-book. Then, both books will be placed on Amazon. For those of you who have asked when the e-book will be
available, I can only say, "After the physical book is available." I am working towards physical book publication
by January 1, 2012 (I just love that date!), followed by the e-book release.
Here are some of
the things which go into self-publishing a book:
First, you have to write the book. Then you
have to edit, edit, edit, the book.
Second, you have to have the book published. I must admit
that while I am managing things, I am not doing the technical work alone. I am working with a small company which helps authors
publish their books. The guy who is working with me has the digital manuscript and is creating the layout. However, there
are many decisions for me to make such as fonts, indents, and hyphens (oh my!)
Third, the book
needs a good-looking cover. I spent the weekend working on potential covers; however, I was advised this morning that the
book needs a professionally-created cover, not just one from my computer. Where did this advice come from? A book publicist
who is very knowledgeable. So now, do I scrap my work and start over with a pro? Do I have my technical book guy create the
cover? Or do I go with what I have?
Fourth, the publicist gave me so many good ideas!!! However,
each of these ideas will take quite a bit of time. I need to get book reviews, be a guest blogger on other people's websites,
arrange speaking engagements in stores and with professional groups, learn to Tweet, and promote, promote, promote.
So, when you read writers' blogs which say how easy it is to write and self-publish a book, do a reality check
to see if those people inherently have all the skills they need. An author must be able to write well, be technically savvy,
produce blogs and Tweets, be a marketing person, be a speaker, and have a business set up to facilitate sales. At this point,
I can't even manage to put PayPal on my website! Oy! This is the most interesting, most confusing, most skill-requiring
project I have worked on (well, only if I want it to be successful!)
However, as much as all of
these things overwhelm me, I must remember the essence of the book I have written: It's all good. It's all happening
so I can learn my life lessons. It will all work out just the way it is supposed to work out. Whew, that's a relief!
Back to the potential book covers: I am trying to put a few cover images on this page so you can let me know if you
have a preference. So far, I haven't been able to put them up, but check back later today and you may be able to vote
for your favorite.Thanks for your help and support!
P.S. I have not been able to post the cover images on this blog. My attempts have crashed my
computer . . . so, before I crash the entire Internet, I'm moving on to other things.
During the last two weeks, I traveled from Arizona
to Maryland to help my mother move from Maryland to Arizona. We had so much work to do! We cleaned out her closets, donated
things to charity, threw out mounds of trash, and packed the things she loved for the trip west.
always, there is a gift when helping others. This is mine:
Back in 2007, I was talking to a psychic
Medium. He was a great guy and we had a lot of fun. He connected with several people who I had known before they passed away
and one of these people was my father. He told me about my father's black shoes and socks. He told me about how my father
liked to make things with his hands and he mentioned a belt buckle which I had given to my father. At the time, I didn't
remember any belt buckle I might have given as an Arizona gift. After all, if I had given a gift to him, it would have been
in the late 1970s or early 1980s when I used to bring gifts home to my parents. That would have been 25 years before talking
with this psychic.
Well guess what happened? I was helping my mother sort her things and I was
working in what used to be my Dad's chest of drawers. Nestled among other treasures, I found an inlaid wooden belt buckle
from Arizona. Okay . . . . it took my breath away for a moment. Then, I felt a wonderful connection to my deceased father.
That was one of my gifts for helping my mom pack up her house. Thank you Universe!
Tonight is my Psychic Explorers meeting. If anything interesting happens (and it usually
does!), I post it in the next few days.
P.S. If you would like to make a donation towards publication of my book about psychics, I would
appreciate your support. Please send a check or cash to me at:
c/o Carefree Computer Services
4245 W. Ina Road, Suite 103
Tucson, AZ 85741
What Time is it?
Now . . . always has been and
always will be . . .
If you just stay in the Now there is no Past to haunt
you and no Future to worry about.
So . . . what time is it???
Time to be aware of Now, time to be kind to yourself and others, time to be joyfully at Peace,
and time to remember that you are loved.
Gary C. Kossmann
I have been away for the
past 10 days, but I discovered a wonderful story which I will post early next week. Keep safe and warm.