Phase Three: (A Soft) Launch

So this is it.  By the time you are reading this, my novel, The First Kingdom, will be available on Amazon.  I might even include the link.  There is one tiny issue, however.  I’m calling this a soft launch for a reason. What’s the issue?  Why a “soft” launch?  There was a lot to learn over…

Choosing Where to Advertise

I’m spending money on advertising?  Wouldn’t it be better served going to charity? Shut up, inner liberal thoughts.  We’re doing this! I’m committed to it, even though it’s not the greatest idea.  Most self-published authors don’t recommend advertising until you have a few books in your catalog.  Quite understandable, but for me, not as feasible. …

Finishing Touches

My Word file (yes, it’s still a Word file) has been fully formatted for a couple weeks now. But I left something off when I finished modifying it, and now it’s time to go back. After hours spent changing styles and fixing the last few errors, I made a placeholder for two vital pieces of…

Finalizing the Cover

Last Saturday, my friend spent nearly six hours finishing up the cover. It’s a long process. Up until that point, here’s how it went: first, she asked for cover ideas since she wasn’t reading the novel. Next, I came up with the initial ideas, sketching them out and realizing how horrible an artist I’ve become.…