You know by now that my new book, Army of Worn Soles, will publish in e-book form on June 22, 2014—less than a week from the day this post goes up on the blog.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been busy with all sorts of not just last-minute details on the book itself, but also with advance promotion and publicity. I’ve been answering questions, and learning, from those answers. A question that has come up (however, not as frequently as I expected) was about “self publishing.”
I prefer the term “independent publishing,” simply because I think it’s far more accurate. I don’t publish any books by myself.
Publishing any book calls upon a wide range of skills:
- writing—creating the story or the information for the reader
- substantive—“story editing,” a review and critique of the overall worth of the manuscript, whether it’s complete, or there’s too much material, and whether the basic ideas make sense
- copy-editing—ensuring it’s clear, grammatical, logical?
- proofreading—looking out for spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes and silly little errors in logic (like setting the opening of a chapter on a spring morning and ending, without indicating any passage of time, with a winter night)
- design—of the cover as well as the interior
- layout—setting up the interior according to the design, and making sure that the whole book follows the same design
- manufacturing—transferring from manuscript to e-book or print format with the highest fidelity to the final manuscript and the highest production quality affordable.
And I have always said, “You can’t edit your own stuff.”
When it comes to publishing my books, I call upon a supportive team. For Army of Worn Soles, that team included:
- Fred Brooke, Alan McDermott, Russell Blake and Cinta Garcia de la Rosa as pre-readers
- Rebecca Dickson as my stalwart editor
- David C. Cassidy as cover designer
- a large team to help promote the cover and excerpts, whom you are meeting through other posts on this blog.
Army of Worn Soles, like my other books, is a truly collaborative effort.
No, I do not self-publish. Army of Worn Soles, and all books I write, followed a cooperative publishing model, one promoted and supported by Independent Authors International. Like those published by the Big Five commercial publishers, are the result of a team of talented professionals applying developed skills to producing a quality book.