January is off to a busy bang! I’ve been diligently working on three large projects. The first of which was to republish Heirs of Jior book three in my Kingdom of Jior fantasy series.
When I started out as a self-published author, I had no idea what I was doing. I thought the hard part was coming up with something original and writing the book. Boy was I wrong! Writing the book is the easy part and the part I love best. Publishing, marketing, and promoting are the hard parts, however necessary.
Book three has some of my favorite stories and scenes in it and is about King Lorn and Queen Lily’s children who are all grown up and venturing into becoming their own people. Each journey takes the Heirs of Jior into unimaginable danger and intrigue, and they learn to trust their own instincts and of course, find love.
I needed to republish Heirs of Jior and get it out of the distribution by a vanity publisher I mistakenly used. I don’t make a lot of royalties from my books, but what they were charging me to distribute my book was outrageous. That was the last time I will use a vanity publisher. Now, I’ve republished the book on my own under the imprint, Indies United Publishing House, and all royalties and control are mine! So, Heirs of Jior is now republished as a second edition.
A few little thoughts and confessions about editing. Because I was republishing, I was able to correct a few editing errors, mostly spelling and punctuation. Those are always horribly embarrassing, and I want to crawl under a rock when I find them. Suffice it to say, I always strive for 100% perfection. However, I believe little writing gremlins sneak in and sabotage my work in subtle and sneaky ways when I’m not looking. In this republished edition those errors are fixed as well.
I could ramble on about the pitfalls and high cost of editing, hiring an editor, and choosing to use one or not, however, I’ll save that for another time.
In my next blog, I’ll be revealing my newest stand-alone book coming out in February, so check back soon.
Take care of yourself! Have courage and be kind! (Yes, I really went there, I quoted the 2015 Cinderella movie. LOL) Until next time, enjoy the fantasy!