I had big dreams for my first book.
Two years later, I’m still revisiting how to make the second book better.
Random Thoughts On Publishing Aspects
First, there was the toss-up between photography and art for book covers. On this matter, I was beside myself. There were beautiful book covers with superb photography. As well as those which look like stock photography.
Some of those did not look sexy.
I love artistic paintings. In my mind, an artistic impression can do justice to the book. After all, a picture tells a thousand words. By the same token, some artistic pieces turn me off from even touching a book.
Second, I believe to rely on my revision abilities is ridiculous. Having extra pairs of eyes to pore over your material and give sound criticism went a long way. We are not experts in everything. Once I have polished up my second manuscript, The Chaplain’s Heart, I hope to invest a little into critiquing and editing.
Third, seeking legal advice. Publishing contracts, copyrights, trademarks and such can confuse an author. A legal mind can help in helping me sift through all the legal babble.
Even though I am a lawyer. We can talk about that sometime.
Fourth, getting an agent. Now, this one can be tricky. Horror stories are out there about literary agents who scammed authors. So, safe to say I will be extra vigilant about this one.
I would love to get my books noticed for the right reasons. When a reader sees my book, I want to impress them with professionalism and class.
I am serious about making this a career. Why not invest in it?