Carolyn’s Rant – November 1, 2019
It seems like it has taken forty forevers to get to this point, but it’s really only been a year. Nine months is the average to give birth to a human baby, and it takes about the same time for a print baby, not including composing and writing the book.
I am finally into the final FINAL process of getting my latest amazing creation, THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS IN AMERICA, on the public market. The Advance Reader Copies for endorsers were delivered recently, and the release to public date is tentatively set for November 15.
From the time a publisher accepts your manuscript, begins final proofing, and gets it on their print schedule until you see the final product is usually about nine months. My first publisher did it in three months on WHO’S YOUR DADDY? and I enjoyed working with him before he decided to go out of business. However, it can take much longer. I know one author who has several excellent books in print. She decided to go with a new publisher who accepted her manuscript three years ago. Still no book.
So, because I wanted to be sure to have my books in hand before I leave this earth, I decided to become an Indie Publisher. This is my third experience, but my first with this IngramSpark (IS) company, and it has been quite a learning opportunity. Indie Pub means a good size financial investment. First, you have to buy a program such as Adobe InDesign to create a book. Hire a cover designer, hire a beta reader, a line editor, a final editor, and sometimes, a layout and design artist. For Ingram, I had to purchase a new Adobe Acrobat Pro DC program capable of creating a special preflight pdf that imbeds the type and does other magical things.
The Labor was tedious and painful. Delivery became a new experience, and Recovery will be delightful! (If the baby is acceptable.)