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Follow me on my Path to Publishing: “From Draft to Launch“
The Path to Publishing can be rugged and difficult at times, while smooth and straightforward at others. Some weeks will show blissful progress, while others can be hobbled by hurdles.
But it all will lead to the goal: The publication of my newest Memoir: When we walked on Frozen Rivers.
Join me on my Journey and experience each step and each success towards that goal.
For more fun, I will add a book-related question each month to the Facebook post, collect all answers, and draw the winner who will receive a free copy of this memoir.
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To read up what has already happened, see older post below.
Milestone: Layout & Pricing
Ultimately, the final milestones in my Publishing Path have been passed: Interior Layout & Pricing
Check-in back, and find out that the Journey has ended and “When We Walked on Frozen Rivers” will be available for orders.
A tentative book launch event in Whitehorse is set for the end of November or the beginning of December.
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Milestone: Cover Design
And the next milestone in my Publishing Path is: Cover Design. That means the front cover, spine and back cover.
As we are all aware, people do judge a book by its cover. Here, the front cover does most of the muscle work, it being the most visible part on bookshelves in the store, on vendors’ tables, and online portals. This first impression is then followed by information on the back of the book. In physical advertisement where the book can be handled, online or int print with a second image showing the back cover information.
When collaborating with my publisher’s cover designer, I developed a mock-up, send it to them and they amalgamated in my ideas with their expertise.
My strongest believe rests in the advertising mantra: AIDA
Attraction, Interest, Desire, Action.
Only if all four of these steps are incorporated in an advertising attempt, success will follow. One component missing – the chain is broken – the buyer lost. Each component has to be in exactly this sequence.
The goal is to move the potential buyer from the moment of attraction: “This is cool!” to his raised interest: “Oh, I like this!” to his desire: “Yes, I want this!”
The action part is played out by information such as the ISBN and the price, the publisher, and offering where the item is available.
For the “Frozen Rivers” publication, I chose an attention-grabbing image and title. To create interest I stepped it up and decided on a controversial, provocative tagline, hoping the person will turn the book and read the back. Where all is explained and desire hopefully ignited.
The March Question is two-fold:
The following month each winner is announced on Facebook.
Stay tuned, come back, and see more posts about My Journey.
Milestone: Finished Draft gets Uploaded
I am still reeling from how hard it was. The decision to stop and give it away. It’s not that I did this for the first time. It’s not that I hadn’t read through it a million times, and more. It’s not that I hadn’t given it to Beta Readers and faithfully tried to implement their feedback.I did all that. But still, I could not let it go. After one full day and a sleepless night, I agonized. Walked endlessly through a snowy forest, returned to my desk, looked at the laptop. And never punched the send-button.Until I finally did.Which sent me into another fretful night. Was it too soon? I could have still…, should have….When in the crisp morning hours, with the young light touching the tips of spruces, a bunch of grosbeaks fluttering at the window, my dog’s wet nose taps encouragingly at my elbow. As if she knew!And I felt OK.With my publisher chosen, a contract signed, and the manuscript uploaded, I am truly on my Publishing Path.
Congratulations, Kathy, and thanks to all who took part in this fun game.
Milestone: A New Memoir
The decision is made. 2023 will be my Publishing Year.
Another colourful fragment of my life’s kaleidoscope will be transformed into a book. I have written another memoir with Frozen Rivers the unconfirmed title.
After two years of mind mapping, writing, rewriting and revisions, the draft is going to my publisher in February.
By fall, I expect the book to be on the market.
Until then, I invite you to follow me on this journey: From Draft to Launch
The first question in this challenging game is: “What is this memoir about?”