Good morning my friends!
Here's the blog I was talking about, the one that will accompany my book. You know the one, about the opioid epidemic, my family... all that fun stuff.
It has a title that I'm not sharing yet. Oooohh, secrets...
I'm going to quickly say that I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to be posting here, at least for now. For the next month I'll be bored waiting for my book to go through a very serious editing process, and I'm not really allowed to look at it while it does. So I'm going to try to put the actual book out of my mind, but use this as my outlet should I come across a topic I would like to share and/or discuss with my future readers (relevant to the book of course), and that would be you guys so don't be shy to comment on anything I post (and share, please share, the book is coming and I want LOTS of readers).
I wanted to write to share with you what my book is currently going through, and will be going through in the future. I think everyone got pretty excited when I posted that I had found an editor on Facebook, which of course is the right reaction because I'm excited too, and since posting I've gotten some high-fives for having a publisher so fast. Please re-read that sentence. There are two words in there that don't quite match, so I really feel I should clarify.
I do NOT have a publisher.
I DO have an editor.
I feel that I am really lucky that I found my editor, and I'm really excited about the process she's going to be putting my book through. She was referred to me by one of my best friends, and from where I'm standing she is more then qualified for the job I just gave her. Which is exactly that, a job. I hired her.
Over the course of the last week and half I've flown by the seat of my pants in the decision to publish my book and hand it over to the world. I put myself through a crash course of what the publishing world really even looks like anymore, and that is to say it is NOT what I thought it was, so I've been left with a few dizzying options on how to produce a solid product that won't be laughed at.
Writing this book has already taken years of my life to accomplish, that's not to say that where it is is even remotely readable yet. It really isn't. I'm almost embarrassed to have my editor read it and she's the only one so far to lay eyes on it. A lot of writers are probably shaking their heads at me right now. I know, I know, I should have had beta readers, I should have been part of writing groups, but I'll justify my decision to keep this to myself because of the topic of the book and all that I had to go through emotionally just to get to this moment right here and now.
After hours upon hours of emotionally exhausting research I decided that the best route for my book, (and my research included talking to several people, editors, writers groups... etc) was to find a professional editor, and then do one of two things:
1- Publish it myself. The self-publishing world isn't what I expected it to be. I was really leery of this idea and it's most likely the route I'm going. I've found several publishing companies, that yes, require you to pay such and such amount, but in return they format your book and market you to everywhere you need to be. There are free options, but I've decided to not do those. I've run a few of my own businesses before and I know that when it comes to marketing, well, I simply lack the skills to do it well enough to reach the type of audience I want to have. Of course, there are never any guarantees when it comes to this, but I'm willing to take the risk, and hope that you my friends will also spread the news of my published work when the time comes. I truly believe it will be something that everyone will want to share with at least one or two other people. Due to the nature of the story, I think this could touch a lot of lives, and I'm hoping that as people read, it will just spread.
This is why finding a good editor was so important to me. There are things I can't think of, and ways in which this book needs work that I'll never be able to do for it on my own.
2- Find an agent. An agent is the person who could put the good word in for me with bigger publishing companies that don't allow general submissions. This person would be my book's advocate. The person who would find the right way to get it into the world and into as many hands as possible. This is a huge, and time consuming thing that I don't honestly think I'm willing to try. I don't know. I've had a few other people, potential editors that I shared some back and forth with, who were interested enough in my story to want to keep in touch and when it finished it's editing process they seemed willing to help me talk to people they knew on the inside. So, I do have hopes in this area, because in only really 10 days of research and discussion, and sharing the first few chapters of my book, it got a lot of attention in a really positive way. A lot of people were interested in helping me, but, that being said I still am unsure of this particular route simply because of how much time it takes.
I've also heard of indie-authors (and I love the sound of that) grabbing the attention of big publishers by being self-published. Who knows, that could happen?!
So this is what my book and I are looking at right now, and yes I'm starting to see my book as a separate entity to that of myself. This thing really has it's own aura people.
First and most importantly is editing, and that process starts now. I can't tell you when that process will be finished exactly, I have some guesses, but I really want to take my time on it. Once I get edits back I don't know what it's going to do to me emotionally, and I am going to have to re-read through EVERYTHING and then rewrite the entire thing. That'll take time as well.
All I can do is you keep you posted, and trust me I will.
One way or another it will be published before the end of the year (really hoping for summer), unless I find an agent and publisher then I'm on their time, but of course I'll tell you if that happens.
I'm so ready to put this book into your hands and share with you a message I'm so passionate about.
Tell everyone you know (and that is really scary thing for me to ask but please do).