My husband has been a space suit engineer for about thirty years so we’ve been especially vested in following the Shuttle program. It was a sad day when we watched the final launch. I’ve always been fascinated by astronauts–the brilliance, the courage, the fortitude it takes to strap yourself into a cock-pit that is sitting on several hundred tons of rocket fuel and is about to be blasted into space. On my most adventurous day, I can’t imagine being that brave…or that well organized. I understand that there are many teams of individuals that make a successful launch, but thanks to my husband’s involvement, I’ve become aware of the amazing amount of personal preparation on the part of the astronauts themselves, prior to those flights.
Although writing and self-publishing a book is
nowhere near as dramatic as spaceflight, I equate the magnitude of the task
with that of an astronaut preparing for launch date. They must be physically,
mentally, and emotionally prepared to face whatever comes. With less than four
weeks to the launch of my debut YA novel, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, coming
September 24th, I had to ask myself if I was fully prepared. This is
where I am now. Please let me know if I’ve missed something important.
1) I’ve written the best book that I can.
2) I am active on Facebook and Twitter, (once or twice daily as needed).
3) I have a web site (to be updated in the next two weeks).
4) I have press releases ready to go.
5) I have a blog tour scheduled (five appearances over a one month period with more
to come, hopefully).
6) I have been creating buzz for the last few months with blogging, social media, friends, family, and anyone else who I can hand a bookmark to.
7) I have a few signings scheduled for October.
8) ARCs sent to reviewers. Must not forget my Book trailer.
9) Ready to upload to Createspace, Smashwords, Amazon (KDP), and B&N pub-it
Since deciding to self-publishing back in April, some people have asked me why
I didn’t just put it out there then. The answer is simple. Traditional publishing
has been successful for a very long time. I wanted to emulate the process as
closely as I could because the process has been proven to work. I’ve had the book professionally edited, and I personally went through three printed proofs to make sure the book is as error free and well written as I can possibly make it. I’ve created buzz, set in motion as many avenues to success as I can manage as an individual (without making myself too crazy), and now I just have to keep on keepin’ on. Just like every other published author.
They will all tell you that you can’t possibly do everything, so do what you
can and be satisfied that all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed, say your
prayers, and try to enjoy the ride.
So I’m strapped in and ready to go. The countdown
has begun. Have I forgotten anything? Comments and suggestions welcomed.