The publishing roller-coaster

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:

  1. Write and edit the book to as high a standard as possible.
  2. 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.
  3. Put it up on NetGalley for a month.
  4. Publish on Amazon on the 24th May.

I guess nothing is foolproof, but I have already learnt a couple of things:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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!

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