What’s Happening with my Novel Part II


Right now, I feel like a juggler of fire and a lion tamer all rolled into one.

When you indie publish, there are so many pieces to a very enormous project. Excel spreadsheets are my new best friend.

Createspace has given me a mock up of the book layout. I loved certain things and hated others. But I want to coordinate the title page font with my cover font, so I am holding off on sending them changes until the cover is finalized.

I’ve reviewed over two dozen mockups of the cover and settled on the image I want. My designer, Jian Chan, is now adding all the bells and whistles.

I’m working through edits and copy edits of the book.

I created a marketing plan. Market of Die Author Services wrote my press release and Facebook Ad.

Initial contact has been made with several venues for book talks/signings by my mom and me. Information needs to be sent to them.

A spreadsheet of book bloggers to contact for reviews/blog tour is being compiled. I’ve contact two so far to get on their schedule for June.

I am now logging my time on tasks into Excel to keep from wasting a second of my day.

So things are in motion. I just have to make sure nothing goes careening off course.

Did you ever feel so excited and so overwhelmed that you were certain you were alive but wondering if it might kill you? Kinda feeling that way this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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65 Responses to What’s Happening with my Novel Part II

  1. Gwen says:

    Holy cow – my head is spinning just reading all this. I’m curious about two things – what made you choose Createspace over the others, and are you going to publish hard copies as well as electronic?

    • LOL. That’s how it’s been in February for me too. I felt like Createspace had the most to offer. I was familiar with them from the Amazon contest. They had expanded distribution so Barnes and Noble could stock copies of my book. The price felt pretty reasonable for laying out the entire book interior. Lots of how to boards for support. And Audrey Kalman recommended them. Createspace is creating just the paperback of the book. I have to create the ebooks myself. But I plan to price the ebook much lower than the paperback so the ebook will not have bells and whistles–no images, no bonus content, no fleurons. Just basic formatting.

      • Gwen says:

        It’s such a fascinating process and I’m learning a lot following your posts and one other writer who blogs about self-pubbing. I’m looking forward to getting my copy – and I shall be purchasing a paperback, my preferred reading medium!

        • It really is. Whose blog is the other writer? I am always curious to learn about other people’s processes and experiences. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m feeling challenged and excited everyday. The paperback is going to have images inside and cool fonts and fleurons. Bonus content will include book club questions and a copy of the original short story that became this novel. I really want the paperback to be an experience for the reader. Thanks so much! I’m going to sell autographed copies through my blog and website too.:)

          • Gwen says:

            Yea! It’s all so exciting! The bonus items in the paperback sound wonderful. Maybe I’ll purchase mine through your website. The author I referenced above is Francis at http://disappearinginplainsight.com/. Though I’m not familiar with the intricacies of the process, it seems she may be at a similar stage in self-pubbing her first novel. She chose to go with Friesen Press.

          • Thanks. My crit partner suggested bonus content for the paperback since it is priced higher. I wanted to make it a worthwhile expenditure. Thanks! Oh cool-thanks just popped over to her blog and followed it–the magic of wordpress. Cool–it’s always good to see and hear what someone else is doing. Can’t wait to catch up on her posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Cat Forsley says:

    “a juggler of fire and a lion tamer ” Great Visual K heart xxx All awesome news ………….. You are definitely MORE THAN ALIVE ๐Ÿ™‚ ,,,,xxx and making Your dreams come TRUE – more more more than ALIVE – Thriving xo ๐Ÿ™‚ Go for It ๐Ÿ™‚ x but don’t forget to rest ๐Ÿ™‚ xx C

  3. Sounds exhausting, but keep at it ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I would think editing is the most difficult part of crafting a book. Wishing you a great day working on your book!

    • Editing is definitely very time consuming and mind draining work, but it’s something I’ve done dozens of times before so it is easier to estimate the time required and manage that process. Marketing and promotion are the hardest right now because it’s a total learning curve there. Though I haven’t started the ebook formatting so that may end up being harder. LOL. Lots of challenges ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow, I hope you don’t encounter any major CreateSpace glitches–I will feel responsible ๐Ÿ™‚

    You are doing everything you need to do to make the book a success. It may feel crazy, but it’s all necessary. Hang in there!

    • LOL. Don’t worry, you were only one of several contributing factors to my decision. No blame will fly your way. ๐Ÿ™‚ I outsourced the book formatting to them. My cover designer is doing the cover design upload stuff. So it’s just getting the book to look the way I want and proofing it–or at least that’s what I envision it to be.;)

      It does feel insane. But it’s good to hear that is normal and required. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. berry says:

    How exciting. You can do it. One thing at a time. Look at rhis as a great journey in ur life. Let us know

  7. Carrie Rubin says:

    I’m sure your head is spinning. But at the same time, how exciting! I haven’t heard of “Market of Die Author Services.” I’ll have to go look them up.

    • Like on of those tops I had as a kid. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It really is super exciting and thrilling. The business is run by Jennifer Fusco. She was the CTRWA President in 2012. Amazing person and very very talented at marketing and author promotion. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. winsomebella says:

    Love reading alongside your journey……..whew!

  9. Wow. Sounds like a lot of work, not to mention stress. But I always like reading about how others are doing all these things. Hang in there, and good luck with it.

  10. jmmcdowell says:

    Wow, it is really happening, isn’t it?! And it sounds like you have a solid plan in place. When the book is released, I hope you’ll do a “Saturday Sit Down” over at my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ I, for one, am really looking forward to this book!

    • Aw JM, I would be honored to do a Saturday Sit Down on your blog. Let me know what dates are available in June and I’ll put it on my calendar. LOL. Though I guess June is a ways off now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously. Major decisions being made on covers and fonts and fleurons. And editing. My editor gets me about 300 comment per 100 pages. It’s fantastic what she’s catching and seeing. She’s making it an even better book than I thought it could be. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks! I can’t wait to see how it looks in print and e-book.

  11. Love the juggling fire and taming lions comparisons – you do sound like you are at top speed and carefully maneuvering around the track – quite a feat. Your editor sounds like a dream – so glad you found someone who is detailing and explaining. Can’t wait! (sleep sometime)

    • Thanks! I definitely feel like I am. I was really lucky. We worked together critiquing each other’s YA books and I learned by experience she is 99% right. So it made it so much easier to take her edits and run with them. I think finding someone you trust and who also teaches you to be a better writer is a rarity. She’s the best thing that happened to me in 2012. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL. I actually wake up excited to tackle my day.

  12. I empathize with all of that as I am getting ready to release my next novel in a month or so. It does set the head spinning! I’m going to check out Market of Die too so thanks for that information. I’ve subscribed to your blog so I can cheer you on!

    • It’s nice to know someone else who is going through similar stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚ Helps to hear it’s not just me. Market or Die is owned by Jennifer Fusco who is a marketing guru for writers. I met her via CTRWA. So glad I kept in touch with her–she’s been a lifesaver with marketing stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks so much for subscribing! I subscribed to yours too. Can’t wait to read more about your publishing adventures!

  13. I published my first e-book in January. My life’s busy-ness has increased four-fold (and I was already waaaayy too busy). Yes, no one who is not in this business of writing and publishing understands all the work that’s involved. Good work. Worthwhile work. But still, hours and hours of work. Much luck to you – it is work well worth working for. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. EllaDee says:

    I’m impressed with how organised you are. The business end of all the creating and writing, ready to launch… the energy comes through as I read your post… I’m excited for you ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks. I think I’m really fortunate that I was an auditor and consultant for so long. I wrote because my day job required me to be so methodical and I wanted something fun to play with at night. It’s kinda cool to have business Kour coming back to the forefront again. I missed her. And she’s so on top of her spreadsheets. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. 4amWriter says:

    I’m getting all excited for you, Kourtney. Every time you post about your progress I’m simply amazed at how much you have done. When you’re looking for blogs to help you get the word out, count me in ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Hi Kourtney, Must tell you how much we enjoyed your post. We are in the process right now, of readying our book for publication. We have it with an editor and beta-readers awaiting feedback and the first round of editing. I’m forty-five years old, and I told my daughter & partner, that I feel as though life has just started for me all over again. I can hear that same excitement in your words as well. Also, I wanted to thank you and let you know how important posts like these are. Especially for rookies like my daughter and I that feel we have grown a lot in the past four years but still have a ways to go. We sat down with pen and paper and took notes while reading your post. There were several points we did not know and took with us. So again. Thanks and best of luck with your book and we look forward to reading it. On another note, we decided after reading this, to nominate you for the “Reality Blog Award.” Just head on over to our blog for the details and congrats!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚ Indeed, it is as though a whole new world is right in front of me. I’m so glad my post was helpful. Wow, I’m honored that you took notes. *Blushes* Thanks for the blog nomination! I really appreciate it–stopped by your blog to comment and follow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. dianabletter says:

    Hi Kourtney, Thanks for sharing your schedule. I just published my book, The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle, and found the most helpful thing was not panicking if things took longer than I thought they would. I treated myself as my first and most important client and wanted to make sure the book was as professional as it could be. Good luck to you! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me! Diana Bletter, http://thebestchapter.com

    • Hi Diana. Congrats on publishing your book! Good advice. Deadlines have been a big challenge because it’s hard to estimate time required for tasks on a project I’ve never done before. I thought I gave myself generous timelines, but they are looking to be just enough. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks! I may be bending your ear sometime soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Super excited for you! I get that overwhelmed/excited combo thing too. My debut is currently in formatting, editing done, cover done (i love it!). But I’m way behind on the marketing thing. That REALLY overwhelms me! If you need any help in getting the word out, I’m happy to help. ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best!

    • Thanks Coleen! I’ve got those three overlapping right now. That wasn’t my original plan but it seemed to be better for the project flow. ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy you like your cover! The marketing stuff is intense. I swear by Jen Fusco’s Market or Die books–they gave me the knowledge and confidence to put together my marketing plan. Thanks so much! Would you be interested to doing an interview on your blog with me in June or a guest blog by me? I’d be happy to help promote your book on my blog too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Good luck with your launch, Kourtney. I hope you’ve got time to read A Noble Groom – you won it! :0)

    • Thanks! Once I get all the editing done, I should be able to read for fun again! Wow, thanks so much!!!! That’s awesome. It’s going on the nightstand which is my most urgent to read pile. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Wow lots of hard work but I know you can do it and I’m looking forward to reading the book!

  21. Pete Denton says:

    I think the next few months are going to whizz by in no time!

    I’d love it if you wrote a guest post on my blog around your launch. I’ve been doing the Planner or Pantser theme. Let me know if you’re interested and we can sort something out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • They really will. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks so much! I’d love to be do a guest blog or interview in June if you’d have me. I’ll shoot you an email about possible dates. ๐Ÿ™‚ And this book was a plantser hybrid so lots to chat about there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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