I have reached the point of no return. I have submitted my manuscript to the reviewers. I’ve uploaded and created my eBook and paperback to Amazon. I began recording the audiobook.
The release date for The Haunting of Locker 31 is July 3rd.
I am so nervous and excited all at the same time.
Below is my beautiful cover. Designed by Miss Nat Mack.
So far in my self publishing journey, I have learned 3 very important things.
1: Writing the story is the easy part. Even when it doesn’t feel like it.
2: Hire an editor. (And your mom/dad/friend/partner does not count. Get a pro)
3: Hire a cover designer.
Looking back over the last several months, I probably would have told you that a cover designer was not needed. But look at that cover! I could never have done that and I’ve seen plenty of the Amazon self design covers to know I would never have come close to creating that.
I hired my editor and cover designer on Reedsy.com. The experience was painless and I could find reliable professionals for a fair price. I didn’t have to buy anything more than I wanted. If you haven’t already, I would check them out.
I will be happy if some people read it and enjoy it. I would be thrilled if they then buy my next book.
If you are interested, you can pre-order the eBook at here. If you want to know more about my Reedsy experience, stay tuned for next week’s post.