Monday, August 22, 2016

Life as an Author and Independent Publisher

Jean Ann's book cover photo by Jim Williams, cover by Nina Newton

I'm sixty-two, going on sixty-three, and it's time I dive into what my husband has been encouraging me I could do for fifteen years: independent publish.

I wasn't ready fifteen years ago to Indie publish, but I've learn a few things since and am ready to tackle life as an independent publisher. And with ten book manuscripts in various stages, I'll be one busy author.

Believe me when I say I can't do this alone, however. I've hired a free-lance editor to work on my articles and book manuscripts. She also does my graphics and above all she encourages and reassures me. Nina Newton, of Ruby for Women magazine, knows the business. Recently, and to thousands of readers excitement, Ruby for Women became a print magazine in May 2016, after being an online source for over seven years.

Currently, Nina and I are in the last stages of pulling together my manuscript, "God's Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother's Heart", into a book of devotions for mother's of suicide loss.

Because it is my first indie published book, she's doing most of the work, well, actually all of the publishing side of the work. Next time, I'll be in on getting a book into Createspace and yes, I'll lean on Nina when I don't understand something in the process.

Because I appreciate her, I wanted to take the time to say, "Thank you, Nina Newton, for all your hard work and your beautiful graphics!"

"God's Mercies after Suicide" will pre-release on October 22, 2016 with a release date of November 19, 2016. On the release day, you'll find the Kindle version at Amazon for free.

Here's the book trailer, created by Opal Campbell of Videos by O:

Until next time . . . I write and pray my words show the Glory of God.