The next step was to pick the font, effect, and layout. I wanted to keep it clean and use a font that gives it the sci-fi and geeky feel. After scouring dafont.com and locating 8-10 font candidates, I had to figure out how to install the fonts on my Mac. Turned out to be very easy. Just had to know which folder to drop the files into. I then used iStudio Publisher to review and select the titling to use. This actually ended up taking a significant amount of my day. I had a Google Image view of "sci fi covers" in one browser tab, a listing of "science fiction" books sorted by popularity on Amazon.com, and my wife peering over my shoulder.
In the Red
As I've been touting via this blog and I've been taught from other writers in the community, it is very important to make an investment in time, effort, and money to have a successful release. This all started with a story idea and several rewrites to embellish the story. I could have posted to Amazon at that point and hoped for the best. But I decided to jump through the extra hoops, take the time, spend the money, and do what I could to make this a quality release. So, where am I at financially in this? Here are my numbers:
- Professional Editing : $100
- Custom Cover Art : $350
- iStudio Publisher Software : $29.99
That's not a small chunk of change to spend on a short story eBook release! There's no guarantee in any of this. I might end up being in the hole on this first push into eBook publishing. But I can say that I've learned a lot and have opened up a lot of doors during the process. I feel pretty good about where I'm at and I'm getting excited about the upcoming release. The trick now is to take a deep breath, keep working through all the details, and not get a bad case of hurry-up-itis.
Next (Tim Conway) Steps
Now that the story is done and the cover is done, I have a few more steps to go through:
- Write the Intro page and credits page
- Include Jezi's Delima story
- Add a teaser for Zegin's Abduction
- Format all the content (Cover and text) for Kindle eBook
- Set up the Amazon KDP account
- Obtain the ISBN
- Tell everyone I know and don't know about my new book (Twitter, G+, etc.)
The latest statistics:
Klout Score: 49 (No change)
TT.com Page Loads for the past month: 1241 (-39)
Twitter Followers: 1069 (+90)
G+ Peeps Following: 314 (+24)
Woot! I passed the 1k milestone on Twitter followers. Thank you all! Klout seems to be stuck at 49. I keep tapping on the screen to unstick the indicator but it doesn't seem to be working. And again, Google Plus is just slowly climbing up.
Once the story hits Amazon I'll do a big push on the social media marketing. Then I'll be diving back into the rest of the writing and get Zegin's Abduction out next. Gotta keep the pipeline busy.
Keep reading and writing!
(Cover art is Copyright (c) 2013, Sean Hill)