I am one more step closer to realizing the dream of being a published author. Today, I finally got my draft of Dissonance out to beta-readers. I am a little nervous of the feedback, but excited at the same time. I wonder if the story is any good, if my characters are believable or if there are major structural issues. I know the feedback is to help the book be the best it can be, and I realize I have gotten it as far as I can. Now it’s time to read others thoughts and make the appropriate changes. I am hoping this is one of those things that easier with time.
I still need to decide on a cover design. The downside of being a self-published author is having to do every step on your own. I have an eye for photography, but graphic design is not my forte. I have an idea, but I plan on brainstorming with my beta readers after they finish reading to see if my idea works. Then it’s off to find, price and hire a cover artist. Hopefully, one that does great work and doesn’t break the bank.
After my beta readers come back to me with their thoughts, it will be time to do some revisions (hopefully, minor ones). I want to make this book the best it can possibly be. After that round of corrections it will be time to hire an editor. I have a high school classmate, who used to work as an Associate Editor with a publishing company that I have considered reaching out to. However, if she isn’t available, I will have to go on the search for the right editor. I have a feeling I might be sending in samples to several to find the right fit.
It seems like a lot to get done and a ton of work to do, but I’m looking forward to it! I am not sure if I will have everything done by December 31, but if not it’s not the end of the world, just the end of the year. My biggest worry is trying to create a fantastic and marketable book without breaking my bank account. With that being said, look for a crowdsourcing campaign to be launched in the coming weeks.