So, I've updated my website to reflect some of the changes that will be taking place closer to my memoir's publication date. I've also put up a detailed synopsis of the book, and will eventually be posting a few sample chapters as well!
My most important news - I am so excited to finally announce the publication date of my book!
By March 2015, less than six months from now, Scared to Life will be published!
It's incredible to think only three short months ago, I was so overwhelmed with all the possibilities of publication with no clue where to start. But it's all coming together, and it's coming together fast. The biggest decision I've made has been to self-publish. There are many options out there when it comes to unleashing a manuscript out into the world, which is wonderful because there are many reasons to write a book.
I, however, wrote this book out of sheer passion and thankfully wrote it while working in a career that I love. I do not need an advance from a publisher and the last thing I wanted to do was wait 2-3 years (average publishing time with a traditional publisher) OR sell the rights to my book. By self-publishing, I own the rights, I say what goes and how. This is huge.
This decision, however, has also made publishing a MASSIVE undertaking, one that is proving to be an incredible experience where I'm learning over and over again about patience and perseverance. There have been many times I've felt so overwhelmed that I wanted to give up, but just like writing the book, I eventually had to take a deep breath.. and keep moving.
I have been working with an incredibly talented graphic designer on my cover, which besides the actual writing of the book, may be the most crucial aspect of the book's success. I've also hired a professional copyeditor for final polishing before publication. In the next couple months, I need to create my own LLC, copyright my book, find a proofreader, hire an interior designer, buy ISBN (barcode) numbers, have professional headshots taken and format the book for Kindles, Nooks, Apples and more.
One day at a time, one list after the next, this book will be released into the world. And the due date is right around the corner.
Thank you so much for following my journey, for your words of encouragement and most importantly, for your support. I will continue to update you as things progress, and I look forward to hearing from you. I hope you'll join me in celebrating the publication of Scared to Life, when dream becomes reality, March 2015.