I’m getting close to publication with my River Girl novel.
Today I uploaded the corrected cover and interior Word.doc file.
Corrections I had to make after getting the first demo copy included right-margin justifications, inserting a page before the title page, and making the font size smaller.
The font size issue dramatically lowered the page count so I needed to re-number the contents page.
Also I switched from white page stock to cream paper… just to compare it with what I got on the first proof.
There are so many decisions to make!
This is my first publishing effort!
It feels huge, but it is only a short YA novel.
I should say, it is lower-YA, recommended for ages eight to fifteen.
Of course, older people (adults) have enjoyed reading it too.
Honestly, every time I read it I enjoy the story, to the point of getting emotionally involved with it and even crying at the end. Perhaps I’m a little emotional, but I don’t think it is just because it is one of my novels.
Here’s the big news – I finally placed a short preview in the Teen section of the CreateSpace Preview Gallery.
Here is River Girl’s Preview Page.
The preview is very short – only about 400 words from Chapter One… I didn’t want to release too much, to start, and am still wondering how much I’ll put in the preview on Amazon, when I get there.
River Girl will be available for sale from Create Space and Amazon.
My new publishing company, Lifesong Press, will publish both fiction and non-fiction titles. For now I’m using CreateSpace as the printer, but I’ll be doing more research to see if there are better options.
For a beginner (me) CreateSpace is an outstanding opportunity – in terms of usability and convenience.
Now that I’ve gotten over the stigma of “self-publishing” I’m very much enjoying this wholistic approach to being an author.
I’m taking the project from idea to first draft, through multiple revisions, to completion with my own painting on the cover and my formatting of the book.
It’s like a complete work of art, all done by me. I like that, and don’t regret my decision to bypass other more established publishers.
I’m still on track for releasing River Girl before the end of the month. One book at a time!