I knew nothing about writing other than I wanted to write books, novels in particular. My first step in my journey actually took place as a child. I liked to daydream and I had a good imagination. I would adopt characters from television and I would become that character, then I would fight the bad guys. I was a hero both on Earth and in outer space. But transitioning to a teenager I started writing my stories.
These days the author has more responsibility than ever before – and more opportunities!
We have an inner desire to be independent, to be free to do our own thing.
Let’s use your imagination for a
moment. You’ve written your book whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. You’ve taken advantage of built-in spelling and grammar checkers; you’ve spent hours
check your book and now have an error free book. You submit your book to KDP and it passes all their tests and is published. You get your copy of the
published work and decide to read it. As you read your book errors start popping up.
“Oh no!” you cry!
Your published work has errors!
Chances are you’re thinking I’m not interested in a business, I just want to write and sell books. But surprise, writing books is a business!
setting up your margins is critical to your books. Moreover, you need to set up orientation, headers, footers, and more.
This desire to be independent can lead to bad decisions, but it can also lead to great decision making!
As I prepare to publish my latest novel I thought a few comments upon publishing with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) versus CreateSpace might be appropriate. This is especially true since this is my first ‘fully KDP printed book.’ What I mean by that is this has been a KDP project from the start.
But of greater importance was the lack of control. We’re not control freaks, but when you pour your heart and talent into a project you want to have control of how it is published and marketed.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “Everyone has a story” sometime in your lifetime. I believe this is true. Most people don’t realize it, aren’t interested in writing, or don’t know how. But all of us have life experiences that can be instructive or entertaining to the rest of us.