Some of my not-so-new blog/writing friends would know that I am getting my feet wet in the waters of self-publishing. Being cautious, I have taken some time to learn as much as I can on the journey. While I am still being published traditionally, I am absorbing what goes into self-publishing. I didn't realize I was doing this before I made the decision to also go that route.
The first thing I plan to publish is a short story that’s close to my heart. I’m not sure why I chose to write this one, but let’s just say, it’s the condensed version of the novel I plan to publish later this year. It’s called Giving up the Dream.
The next cover has to do with a set of stories I plan to release at the same time as GutD. At different times, I entered these stories in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Creative Writing Competition. I was awarded silver medals for three of the four stories in this collection. Rather than let them languish on my hard drive, I’ve dusted them off and will be offering them on Smashwords and Amazon. My friend Tirzah did the cover for Don’t Get Mad…Get Even. (She's a riot. Go visit her!) And yes, the stories are tales of revenge of one sort or another.
Disclaimer: I’m really not a bad person. Honest.
This baby step isn’t a moneymaking venture, but more of a let’s-see-if-I-can-get-organized-enough-to-do-this kind of project. Of course, the novel will be more of an effort, but thank God for friends on the journey. For now, I’m satisfied.
God willing, my launch date for these two projects is September 19, 2011.
I should tell you, I’ll be hitting up some of my blogging buddies for interviews and such. Ask and you shall receive, right? And I do return favours, so not to worry. Any time you want to lounge around here and chat about your work, feel free to hit me up.
Any thoughts or suggestions on the covers or the self-publishing journey? Feel free to share.