It’s HERE! It’s LIVE! James and I finally announce the release of The Dystopian Nation of City-State: An Anthology in PRINT! The paperback version is available via Amazon for $9.99:
And, as always, James and I want to share our pitfalls and peaks while storming through the rough seas of self-publishing. Moreover, James would like to share his words of wisdom – he was the one who worked with Create Space for the anthology. Here are the top three lessons (he) learned:
1. We have said this before – SET RELEASE DATES AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY. With this anthology, we said, “Let’s just publish on the fly!” Yeah, this was stressful because people were asking for the book, and we didn’t know when the hard copy would be available (because we were unaware that the cover would be a constant issue). Always set release dates, and take your time when working with Create Space and/or Kindle Direct Publishing.
2. Use decent photo edit software – James had problems with the cover art and transforming it into the actual cover. Using good photo edit software worked well. Plus, for our next novel, StarChild, we will have our artist design the ENTIRE cover, not just the front picture. Our plan is to have the picture/scene/art (whatever it will be) wrap around both the front, the spine, and the back.
3. ALWAYS ORDER A HARD COPY PROOF – Yes, spend the money and get the hard copy. You need to see what the buyer/reader will see. James mended and fixed about three proofs. And with this, you can perform another handwritten edit within the novel itself. 🙂
James and I always love to provide our personal reflections and lessons learned to help other writers who self-publish. We hope they are helpful! If you have any other questions, let us know! Indie writers need to support each other! 🙂
AND – if you like the anthology, check out our stand alone short story (about 3,000 words), “How to Kill Your Senator”:
And, as always, there’s more to come from City-State!