Tag Archives: self-publishing

From Self to Traditional Publishing

  Around this time two years ago, I began the process of self-publishing the manuscript I’d spent the better part of three years working on. At the time, my father’s health was failing and I was driven by a need to complete the work we’d started together. By the following March, my father’s health had improved and we had a book. Nothing could have pleased me more than placing his story into his hands. That spring, a new local publisher started their business with the focus Read more [...]

Reflections on a Memorable Year

A year ago, last December, I decided to pull my manuscript from the small presses I had approached earlier that spring and self-publish my father’s memoir.  Looking back, it was a decision I made because of concern for my father’s health and a desire to share his story with others while he could still participate. In fact, at the end of January, my father was hospitalized after my mother found him splayed out on their frozen driveway.  Within a few days of hospitalization, the colour returned Read more [...]

Time, Energy and Space for a Writing Life

Everyone’s busy. I get it. If you’re like me you probably take on too many commitments and get involved in too many activities, just to find yourself overwhelmed when projects are due, deadlines are looming, and everyone needs your attention. Although I’d like to imagine I can do everything, the reality is I can’t do everything well. I used to believe I could multi-task, but really I was only shuffling between tasks, not giving any one thing my full attention.  For a long time, writing Read more [...]

10 Tips for a Successful Book Launch

My experience with book launches is limited to two, one of which was my own, so perhaps I’m not the authority on this subject.  But, as always, what I didn’t know led me to read, investigate, ask questions, and eventually follow my own path. What I learned along the way suggests that book launches are as varied as the books they are celebrating and as unique as the individual writers. With that in mind, I offer my tips for creating a memorable book launch based on my first experience. Celebrate! Read more [...]

The Universe Conspires

Paulo Coelho wrote, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” I always liked this idea, but I didn’t really know how it could be possible.  The whole universe? Conspiring? Really?  A month has passed since I launched my family memoir about my father’s experiences as a young Finnish sailor in a Nazi concentration camp.  Before its release on March 19, two months ago, I blogged about the process of self-publishing and all of those things I Read more [...]

One Journey Ends and Another Begins

Spring has finally arrived, although it is difficult to tell as a layer of fine icing sugar snow fills the air and clusters on the deck outside my patio doors.  It has been a whirlwind of a week now that my book is finally published. Appropriately, I think, the official publication date was on the last day of winter.  I started self-publishing at the beginning of December and what a journey it has been!  Like waiting for spring, it took several weeks longer and was more blustery than I initially Read more [...]

Indie Author with a Day Job

There are several benefits to being a writer with a day job. At least, that’s what I remind myself when my regular work gets hectic and my writing is pushed to the bottom of the list.  Unfortunately, the thing I am most passionate about is often set aside for career and family life considerations, leaving me frustrated at my inability get words on the page as regularly as I’d like.  That’s when I have to remind myself of the reasons why having a day job while being an indie author has Read more [...]

Striving for Perfection While Learning to be Imperfect

Last week I was delighted to find the printed proof copy of my manuscript in the mail. When I cracked open the heavy duty cardboard packaging to reveal the book version, without the cover art, unfortunately, I was thrilled. What I didn’t expect was the anxious feeling that accompanied the excitement. This is it. This is the book. This is what I have been working for over the past three years. As I flipped through the pages, pausing to look at the pictures, the headers, the fleurons, and the fonts Read more [...]

Why Early Readers Matter

One of the most difficult things to do when you are learning to be a writer is to let go of your work and send it into the wide world. You are so uncertain about your writing, but know you need readers to improve it. You require a cheerleader in your corner, someone who will make you feel like the hours you spent tapping at the keyboard and delving into research was worth all of the time, energy, and tears. You need the teacher who will lead you down the right path and then push you to move ahead Read more [...]

Cover Art for Christmas

Christmas came early to the Kovala household this year.  A few days before the event, I checked my email and, low and behold, a message magically appeared. With a quick click of my mouse, I opened the file, a most electronic type of wrapping paper, to view the package inside: two possible versions of my book cover. I could have kissed Santa right there through my laptop screen. I know it is dangerous to judge a book by its cover, but I have to admit that my general browsing through bookstores includes Read more [...]