After that, Cath and Marija, of Expert Subjects, produced a brilliant layout and book cover, respectively. That’s when I decided to print a small number of paperback copies, wanting to hold my ‘baby’ for the first time—not a ream of 8.5 x 11 inch printouts, or a computer.
I anxiously opened the box of paperbacks and held one in my hands, and then remembered the advice of Stephen King in his book, On Writing (highly recommended), about ‘ideal readers’, or IRs. These persons are invaluable to an author, as they see one’s book through different eyes, letting the writer know if the backstory is clear, if the plot lacks continuity, and many other potential stuff-ups—most troubling, the typos that seem to feed on fonts!
And so, I mailed the book to some amazing people, all of whom immensely helped me to improve the novel. You know who you are, and I can’t thank you enough!
After two more rounds of edits, and revisions to the layout and cover, I placed the book in the trusted hands of William Sudah, the principal at Expert Subjects. William guided me through the process of uploading print and eBook files to Amazon, iTunes and Barnes&Noble.
That’s all done, and now people can buy Phage…which brings me to yet another steep learning curve—marketing a self-published book!
So, to my friends, colleagues, and others who I look forward to meeting someday, I again call upon your generosity. If you enjoyed the book, there are various things you can do:
- share links to my website (www.marktamplin.com) through your social media
- click on the Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin icons in the upper right corner of my website and share with you friends
- comment on this blog
- visit my book page on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes& Noble, and submit a review, and…
- any other great ideas you may have!
I’d love to know your thoughts and suggestions at this phase of the project!
All the best