My first indie book sucked.
I realize that, now. After the fact.
You’ll recognize the reasons why, but I’ll trudge through them, anyway. Let’s think of it as metaphorical writer’s self-flagellation.
My indie book isn’t a totally bad book. There are parts of it that are pretty good, and there’s a story there. I did do a lot of rewriting of it, but the final product sucks. And there’s one very simple reason it sucked – I didn’t treat it professionally.
Here are some of the things I should have done:
- I didn’t get it out to beta readers.
- I didn’t have it professionally edited.
- I didn’t get a professionally-designed cover. (I did it myself, because I’m a graphic artist, too, of course. Not.)
- I didn’t market it.
There are probably a few other things I overlooked, but I think those are the bones of the problem.
It all seems obvious in retrospect. I’m not going to buy something with an unappealing cover, and I’m not going to buy an indie book that looks amateurish in the previews.
This time I intend to do it right. In fact, I have a couple of works I’m going to work through the process – a children’s book and a long scifi story.
I’ll start with the scifi piece. It’s about 8500 words, a horrible length if you’re trying to get it published: very few e-zines want to see something that long. But it seems to be a good length for e-books. So what the hell? While I’m working on my book (It’s going well. Could go faster.), I’ll start getting some experience taking a story through the professional process.
In my next post, I’ll talk about where to find beta readers. Right now, I don’t have a clue.
Note: If you’re curious, here’s a synopsis of my one and only indie book, Cauldron Born. You can buy it on Amazon, too, if you’re inclined. It’s not horribad, but it’s amateurish. It might be educational in a way.