Taking Back Beast World Tara Tyler Self-Pub Notes +Flash Fiction
Taking Back Beast World, Phase 2. Disney/Pixar’s Onward comes out Mar 6 with a setting strangely close to BEAST WORLD. It’s time to speak out again–in a positive way!
Juneta has been a true writer friend–she’s kind, supportive, and full of great ideas. I’m lucky to know her!
SELF-PUB NOTES & A FLASH!
by Tara Tyler
The best thing about self-publishing: it’s all the way I want it.
The worst thing about self-publishing: it’s up to me to do it!
When my publisher folded, I was very lucky they gave me all the publishing files for each of my books so I didn’t have to start from square one. I got the covers, chapter headers, and formatted files for paper books and e-books. Everything! Because let me tell you, the publication process is no cake walk. It’s more like a cake pop–and if you’ve ever made those, you’ll know what I mean. At least it has a delicious ending–a yummy book!
Enough talk of sweets, I’m on a diet! I just wish the hard work of editing and publishing could burn some calories. If you want to self-pub you must have patience, diligence, and omniscience–meaning you have to know, or learn about, all aspects of publishing. Here are just a few notes…
- Just when you thought you were done editing… Edit a few more times, then hire an editor. Another pair of eyes (attached to an editor’s brain) will spot mistakes you overlooked ten times. Editors are worth it!
- Make a stunning first impression. Pay for a professional cover. But I know someone… Pay for a professional. But I can do… Pay for a professional. Worth it. And you’ll get to play with it as you create/edit the wrap-around. Not fun.
- Challenging tasks: you will run into: indentations, alternating headers, the opening pages and info, table of contents, page numbers, using sections, acknowledgments, and many more little headaches no one thinks about. Read and research it before you just dive in!
Paper books and E-books are definitely different, but there are programs that help with the transition. I’ve published four of my six novels so far, before that I experimented with my UnPrincess novellas, so that was very helpful! This summer, I hope to finish re-publishing the last two and getting all the e-books done as well. Publishing is a tough racket, no matter which way you get there. But the more you put out there, the easier it gets. So keep writing!
or any questions? I’d be happy to try and answer!
Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two novel series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She’s a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that… Make every day an adventure!