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When You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em
Having lost my publisher I went looking for a new avenue to get my books published. A writer friend of mine told me what I needed to do. I did some research and yes, that's what I need to do.
What??? What do I need to do???? Become a publisher of course. I am having my own logo created so I will have my own imprint. I am getting the necessary papers filed with my state to be a business. I am working with my bank to set up the appropriate checking account. I have the person who does my taxes on board. I have a company who will do my artwork for book covers and the typesetting on my paperbacks and ebooks. I will be available for Kindle, NOOK, Sony, Kobe, and Iwhatever. I am working on a marketing strategy.
On my way home from my granddaughter's state cross-country meet today, I got a text telling me there is a library who would be delighted to have me come there and do a book signing. I will be checking into it on Monday. Things are once again looking up.
The good thing with being a publisher myself is I can concentrate on my books and I can mentor new authors. I can sign them up with a contract under my logo. It is a win-win. I know what my costs are up front. I have total say in my covers and marketing. I have my own logo. I have a team working with me. I know how many books have to be sold for break even and then what will be profit.
As more and more Indie authors spring up, the competition for sales grows. I will continue to put out the best possible book I can and hope my fan base grows. I will release my older books in ebook format for those who have not purchased them in paperback form.
I am excited for this venture to begin. I am excited to see Crossing the Line come to be. I am excited to return to the rewriting of book three in the Macy McVannel series. I look forward to books four and five. I have much to do. Much to prepare, but i am up to the task.
Sometimes when you have fallen down, the best thing you can do is look at things from another perspective and see what develops. Giving up for me has never been an option. Finding a new outlet is the only option. Creating a business is not for everyone. It takes time and patience to get it up and running. I have five years to show a profit. My goal is to be able to do it in three years. It means getting book signings and author interviews. It means mentoring two authors a year. It means helping them get their books out and be successful. I am up to the challenge.
While I am working all this out, I will be starting tomorrow on rewriting the book I lost. I know it will be better for my having to redo it. It will be frustrating but a better piece of writing.