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Friday, January 11, 2013
12:00 AM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
I’m beginning to hate those words.
“Oh, you’re self publishing! That is so great! You can do it all yourself and…”
Right there my brain starts to mount opposition. In so many ways I am a mountain of self confidence. In other ways, I’m Death Valley. And when it comes to doing it myself…I want to climb the mountain, but it’s a long way from the lowest elevation on earth.
Oh, yeah, hundreds of people out there to get help from. Or do it myself! Just need a few hundred dollars for the digital software… And then there is all the different specs to be met by all the different platforms and the different files they want. Not to mention what is good and what isn’t.
I created a cover I liked, but I know it needs the professional tweaking. The high res stuff and the other artistic techno babble I know just enough about to be frightened about… But I thought it worth while to check out other options. Got one. Eh. Like mine better. But…is it better?
I. Don’t. Have. A. Clue
One group says you need one for every platform. Another says, no, you only need two per title. Have you ever priced these little f*ckers? I have 30 books in this series…
Oh, yeah. Like I’m up for all of this. I can pay someone to format for me. And I’m paying a copyeditor to look through it. But I’m gonna have to bite the bullet and upload. I’m thinking of paying someone to sit next to me and hold my hand at this point.
As for tracking sales? *SHUDDER
I really need to take a class on spreadsheets. I know if everyone has a different isbn, it will be easy to track sales, but come on! Who am I kidding! I’ll be lucky to keep track of sales per title, let alone per platform.
This is me, running away.
Doing it yourself isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And though I am determined to do this, I am really up to my eyeballs in babble about all of it. And terrified to the point of being frozen. What if I do it wrong?
Yeah, yeah…I know. I’ll survive.
But I imagine it’s a lot like sewing. That first dress…that first whatever is scary. Know just enough about all the terms and ideas behind it that there is just enough self-confidence to think it’s all possible. And it is, if you have the patience, the time, the room to learn.
I’m honestly not sure I have any of that.
It’s a question of what I can pay for…to take all the idiotic set up stress out of things. I’m about ready to contact Createspace about the print edition of The Pirate Circus, which Decadent released to me, and paying them to do it. I downloaded the template, I tried! It isn’t gelling! Do I wait, and stress about it? Do I stand in front of those oncoming headlights and freeze? Or do I just shell out the cash and get it done?
I know there is pride in doing it yourself. But honestly, I’m dying here.
What about you? How far do you go in the self-reliance thing when it comes to doing it yourself? How far will you go so you can claim it was all yours, from start to finish?