Morning lovelies and welcome to a new week. On this Monday, I’m ironically on the blog tour for I Don’t Do Mondays! and am delighted to invite author Colette Kebell on to my blog with a guest post discussing Self Publishing. But first, here’s the info you need on the book – enjoy!
book blurb & info
How can Mia find happiness?
Lawyer Mia’s picture-perfect dream life in New York is imploding. Her job has become too stressful, she’s exhausted from carrying her friends and what’s up with her striking, wealthy fiancé?
But when life-changing decisions force her to move to Maine, where she’ll face her often critical father and hard truths about what truly matters in life, she re-discovers a passion of her youth.
What begins as a low moment in her life quickly pushes her to consider what she genuinely wants and leads her down a new path where she must embrace the future and let go of the past.
Will this move help Mia to fix her life, once and for all, and will she finally find true love?
Published by: Skittish Endeavours on 19th September 2020
Formats available: Paperback & eBook
guest post by colette kebell
It is hard to pick a subject when you are given Carte Blanche, so I thought that this post would give your readers as taste of what is involved with writing a book from scratch…
Firstly though, let me introduce myself, my name is Colette Kebell and I am an author. I predominantly write chick lit/romcom, but don’t tie myself to just that genre. I’ve been asked to write this post as part of the promo for my new book, I Don’t Do Mondays! Which launched on the 19th September 2020. Yes, I was able to work towards the launch during the pandemic, but it was tough. Enough said about that though as you want something that is going to brighten your day today, not bring you back to doom and gloom.
Not wanting to teach anyone to suck eggs, but first and foremost you need to be well read and have a good command of the English language. I appreciate copy editors are there to tidy things up at a later stage, but you still need to get down a good story in the first place as they can’t do your job for you.
So, you want to write a book and start off with an idea. Are you a plotter or a panster is the next question you need to ask yourself? I, personally, am a panster on the whole. I just sit in front of my computer and get going with little or no plot to work from. Not sure whether I should try being a plotter as my method seems to work for me.
You’ve now got the story down and this is where the hard work starts… you need to then self-edit at least two if not three times, but I suggest you leave your WIP alone for a week or two so that you return to it with fresh eyes… it’s hard to pick up errors at the best of times as it’s your own work and those can often be overlooked as your brain tells you what should be there, rather than what is.
But what comes next you say? Next you need to find yourself a good copy editor who has the time to fit your book in to their busy schedule. You also need to start to think of a cover. Do you go find a professional cover designer or are you capable enough to design your own? If you are self-publishing, I would suggest a professional cover designer. If not, then it’s almost time to send out your query letters but for that, ideally, you’d like a finished product and time to get those off in the post or email. I saved myself this step by deciding to self-publish from the outset.
You need Social Media accounts at this point too, if you don’t already have them. These are just as important to an Indie author as writing the book itself as that is how you shall most likely market your books. Even Traditionally Published authors do their own marketing to boost revenue, so it’s a necessary evil that you shall just have to get used to doing.
So, you have your copy editor, cover designer and they’ve both done their jobs. What else is left you might ask. Well, for my last two books, I’ve employed the services of a Book Blogger Tour Organiser. This gets your book out there to a wider audience. This is the reason you are reading this article. I love book bloggers as they are voracious readers who selflessly help authors to spread the word about their books. It’s not that they get nothing in return, hopefully, they get to read an ARC of your book, but even if that isn’t the case, which it isn’t in this instance, they get to learn about another author and spread the word amongst their followers. Book Bloggers purely and simply rock!
Have you decided yet on a launch date? That you shall need to know, ideally before you approach a blog tour organiser, but if not don’t worry. You might be itching to get your book out there into the big wide world, but organisation, at this stage, is key. If the blog tour organiser is busy, try to set a date as close to your intended launch as you can, either that or fit in around their schedule.
Also, do you want your book to be available in audio format? That is something you now need to decide and start auditioning for. I use ACX which is Amazon’s arm for audiobooks, which brings my books to market via Amazon, Audible and iTunes. The advantage of using ACX is that you don’t have to pay up front, if you don’t want to. Which is also the advantage of publishing via Amazon. If you don’t want to go wide with your books you don’t even need to buy your own ISBNs. I bought my own, for my paperbacks, as I wanted to go wide with those, but after testing the waters wide with ebooks, I’ve decided to tie myself to Amazon. The benefit being that you then have access to earnings via Kindle Unlimited, which you wouldn’t otherwise have.
So the date is set, you’ve done all you can do and your book baby is lined up ready to land on kindles when bought… what comes next is about 70%, if not more, of the job and that is marketing, marketing, marketing… this is the bit I suck at and loathe, but if you want to be an author, it is necessary to get used to doing it.
So that sums up the process in what I hope are relatively simple terms. I’m fairly sure I’ve probably forgotten a few steps, but you’ve now got the basics… Happy writing all, if that is what you choose to do and thanks for humouring my meagre efforts to let you in on the process of writing and launching a book. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
about the Author
Colette Kebell is an author of Chick-lit/Romcom, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational. She has also found avenues to translate both into Italian (thanks to her husband), and into French, Spanish and Portuguese via Babelcube.
As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant. After a few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.
Colette has two adorable dogs and spends some time, when not writing and marketing her books, cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home. Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.
Organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and for Colette for coming over with her guest post.
Have a lovely day everyone and I’ll see you tomorrow
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