So I declared I was going indie. I'm going to self publish my stories. Yay! Go me! Right? Yeah, I'm excited, I'm pumped but it's not all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns. Right now, I'm standing on the edge of the indie cliff and I need to get across to the land of published authors. I have no idea how to do this.
This is where the really hard work is. Writing the first draft is easy, editing the second draft is easy, so is the third and fourth and so on. Having beta readers and critiques is a little more difficult. It's not easy to see all that red tearing into your baby. Even then, it's something I slogged through and came out on the other side for the better. What's before me now... I'm sure I'll get through it but it's not going to be anywhere near as easy.
I've stated many times, anyone who believes self publishing is easy is wrong. Not only do you need an awesome cover and MS that shines brighter than a diamond but you need ISBNs for the book. Multiple ones! From what I've discovered, you need one for print books and each ebook formats. Fortunately, Kindle and Nook help out with that. Through them, you don't need an ISBN, they will assign a number for you. It's not an ISBN but close because it IDs the book. Another plus is some of the sites like CreateSpace offer a free ISBN for your book. I am still a bit confused though. Should I buy a bunch of ISBNs? I'm having a little trouble finding the answer.
Then there is formatting. I have had a little more luck in this. Plenty of people have put step by step formatting on their blogs or sites. Others offer to format your book for you and prices can range from easily affordable to a bit on the expensive side. One thing I'm not too sure on is if I need separate formatting for ebook and print book. I know for my cover, I will need a spine and back made and I have that lined up once all my edits are back. I think I will need to have my book formatted before I get the spine and back done. Not 100% sure on that one either.
A few other questions I have are do I need to worry about starting my own publishing company? How will this affect my taxes? Should I get a business license? That last question isn't too scary since I've started a small jewelry business and have an idea how to do that part. It also ensures that I know to take this seriously, to treat it as a business. Already I have a notebook to write down my costs and keep track of profit.
As you can see, this is no easy task and I'm running pretty blind. Thankfully, I know a few indie authors on twitter who have informed me all I need to do is ask and they'll tell me what they know. Of course, I'm also wishing I had gone traditional at this point because all this would be someone else's problem. But that was a downside to indie I was well aware of before I made the choice. For now, I'll keep trucking along, researching and staring at my awesome cover to quell my nerves. I can not wait to unveil that!