Oh. My. God.
If you have a heart condition, I definitely don’t recommend self-publishing your own book.
Saved by the Celebutante is going up on NetGalley today, but it has been a crazy ride to get here!
If you read one of my previous posts, you will see I had a strategy for publishing this time around:
- Write and edit the book to as high a standard as possible.
- Get my two critique partners to review it before handing it over to a couple of beta readers in the US and some friends and family members.
- Put it up on NetGalley for a month.
- Publish on Amazon on the 24th May.
I guess nothing is foolproof, but I have already learnt a couple of things:
- Don’t only leave two days between getting beta reader feedback and uploading to NetGalley. In this case, one of the readers provided A LOT of suggestions (which put me into a bit of a spin) and the other had some personal issues that meant she couldn’t submit in time. (Thankfully, when she did submit, there weren’t too many major suggestions – and there’s still time to implement them before I publish on Amazon.)
- If you make any changes at the last minute, check this doesn’t affect other areas of the book. Fortunately, even though I realised one error after already submitting toNetGalley, the lovely Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours (who is uploading the book for me) was able to accommodate an updated version.
There’s still a bit of work to do, but hopefully it will all be worth it in the end.
I’ll keep you posted!