I can’t remember when I started writing this play, but I think the first draft of it popped up about a year ago. I feel like I’ve been working on it forever, but it’s only recently that I’ve revised it and polished it to make it a marketable product. After weeks and months of blood, sweat, tears, coffee, and wine, it’s finally here! All my hard work is paying off in a very tangible way. I can’t believe it.
Today, my book Touch: A One-Act Play is available in paperback! You can buy it on Amazon here, or for the same price, you can order a signed copy directly from me (I’ll be updating the book page on my blog soon, but if you want a copy that’s signed, all you have to do is comment below with your email, send me a message through this contact form, or get in touch on Twitter and we can discuss the details).
If you read the play, I’d thoroughly appreciate it if you could leave me a review. Ratings and reviews keep indie authors like me alive. It doesn’t have to be anything major–even something as simple as “I liked this book” or “Plays are yucky so booo” would help me immensely (though, admittedly, the latter review isn’t all that useful to anyone).
I’m also working on getting this play produced as an audiobook, so stay tuned for updates on that. In the meantime, thanks to each and every one of you that buys the book and continues to support and encourage me with kind words, thoughts, and prayers. I appreciate all of you more than you know.
What do you think? Have you read Touch?
Have you heard? @brianawrites’ TOUCH: A ONE-ACT PLAY is now available in paperback! (Click to tweet)
Note: This advice is directed to authors who’ve finished editing their manuscript into something ready for release. How to know when that is would take another blog post, which I’m considering writing! I urge you to make sure your book has been edited—and possibly rewritten!—before you publish.
With the choice to self-publish, an author faces many challenging decisions. While some people approach it as the “easy” way to sell your work, nothing worthwhile is easy. Though no self-publisher’s journey will be predictable, there are guidelines authors should follow to make the process smooth.
As a first time self-publisher, I don’t claim myself an expert; however, if probed for one piece of advice by someone considering the route, I would say don’t get carried away in setting a release date. Let me explain.
Dissonance is my first published book. Researching the process taught me how publication works behind-the-scenes. Most things I learned are common sense—get an editor, have a good cover, figure out a marketing plan. There won’t be a magic button to press for sales and pageviews, so you’ll spend a lot of time on social media spreading the word. These were things that, though challenging, I tried to follow faithfully.
There are plenty of posts that give advice about book covers and marketing plans. If you’ve taken seriously the decision to self-publish, you’ve read a few of them; in my opinion, there aren’t enough posts telling us to be patient.
I made the mistake of losing perspective in my excitement to be published. Nothing is set in stone, and it is better not to give yourself a release date, especially if you’re a writer undergoing this process for the first time.
I can only recall being warned about the release date dilemma in Catherine Ryan Howard’s book, Self-Printed. It’s an excellent source of advice if you don’t know where to start! However, despite her warning, I wanted to claim the book birthday of 12/13/14.
12/13/14—not only was it fun to put on announcements, my birthday was the day after! Convinced I could get things together in a year, I told everyone Dissonance would be available then—and complications arose.
Though I’d chosen 12/13/14 with a year in advance, there wasn’t time to get everything sorted. As a friend of mine once said, nothing is finished until it’s published. I missed the release date and published five months later.
As a first-timer, I am proud of my book and glad I chose this path, but learned a lesson: I can’t control everything. I won’t be setting a release date again unless everything is sorted, because life has ways to throw you off-course. Soon I’ll be working on the second book of my series, and this time when I publish, I’ll know what not to do—which things I have power over and what I should leave to others.
I’m not ashamed of this incident because it gave me insight. However, I’d like to give you this word of advice if you want to self-publish a manuscript: Your book may not be ready when you are.
It’s worth the wait—good things always are.
About the Author:
Mariella Hunt writes faery tales from her bedroom/library in Boise, Idaho. She enjoys reading the classics and hopes to one day write like Charles Dickens (hey, a girl can dream.) Her first novel, Dissonance, was published in June of 2015. Check out her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on her writing life.
How do you know when your book is ready to be released?
In a revealing guest post for @brianawrites, @mariellahunt shares some wisdom about book releases. (Click to tweet)
Today’s post is going to be a short one. I’m way too excited not to share this bit of news with y’all. After ten long months of blood, sweat, and tears (most of it mine), this day has finally arrived.
Blood and Water has been published!
It’s been a wild ride, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Thank you all for your unending support and encouragement, especially as this book is my debut novel. For those of you with ARC copies, thanks so much for your interest and for offering to read it.
If you’ve already purchased a copy of the book, THANK YOU! If you’d still like to, it’s available in ebook form on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (SOON… I hope). The paperback will be available next week… most likely, anyway! I have to figure out the formatting still (ugh, Createspace, WHY??). You can check out the Goodreads page for the novel here. Even adding it to your TBR shelf helps more than you know!
Finally, I want to give a special thank you to everyone who chooses to review the book, no matter what you write or how you rate it. As an indie author, reviews can make or break my book sales. Each and every one counts. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
That’s all I’ve got to say. Next week, I’ll do a special vlog about NaNoWriMo in which I’ll thank you guys again. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your encouragement means the world to me. Keep up the good work!