So, you want to write a book? No worries! That'll probably take a little while if you work full-time. It took me two years to write my first one, but hey, I wasn't the most disciplined of writers, going MIA for months at a time!
You've found something you want to write about, and think people will be interested in reading it. You've researched and identified potential gaps in the market, something that will make your book unique. Then you do it.
Then you scramble through hundreds of pages, thousands of words, of unedited manuscript, with potentially dozens of required copyright acquisitions and then you are informed you've forgotten how to spell the word 'amateur'.. thanks for pointing that out mum, you’re a human dictionary!
Oh shit! A book needs a cover, you better start looking through photos and determine which ones will work best with writing sprawled over the top. What else does a book need? A blurb, a biography, copyright, acknowledgements, a bibliography, photographs, captions for those photographs, and that isn’t even considering publishing, advertising, social media marketing and a second edition in US English because all the Americans think I don't know how to spell!
The list goes on. What about gaining reviews, both from a reputable, published source, as well as the general public, from gifted pre-release copies, so that when the book launches it is already well reviewed when it enters the limelight? You think you’ve finished your book. My friend, you’ve only just begun.
It has now been six months since the release of my first book, The Nepali Flat, a self-published, self-promoted non-fiction travel/ adventure set in the Himalayas. And what a six months it has been! Having entered the book-selling world as a beardless baby, I have now graduated in my understanding of the industry to somewhere nearer a bum-fluff-faced teenager. I have much to learn still, and much to improve upon, and there are two billion things I would have done differently if I could republish my book all over again (with all that sweet advertising money back in my pocket!).
If you are planning to write a book and self-publish it, then please talk to me first. I’m highly contactable nowadays.
If you haven’t done so already, jump on to fiverr.com, a website offering the services of people from all walks of life, who specialise in a multitude of different areas that encompass the multimedia scene. The list is huge, but for the sake of this blog, services I obtained were editing, graphic design, black pen sketching, advertising and social media marketing. I find it really quite remarkable that an editor and graphic designer from the United States, a student from India, advertisers and promoters from Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, England and Bulgaria, could all come together to contribute to a project set in Nepal, being pieced together by an Aussie in his hometown of Darwin, having never met each other save for words arranged across a screen. Imagine how much harder it would have been just 10 years ago!
So, this is something I’m doing now. I’m blogging. I’m a mad blogger. It is something I should have done before I published a book, not six months later. Perhaps I would already have had followers that would have initiated a bigger sales push when the book was released, boosting it higher into the sales rankings. Anyway, as I’m new to this, I’ll leave it there. Maybe.. I dunno.. How long is a blog post supposed to be?
Expect to hear more about my recent forays into Asia, learning to surf on the Gold Coast, kayaking and camping around Whitsunday Island in the pouring tropical rain, as well as some of my other passions, such as cooking. Definitely expect a delicious authentic Nepali Dahl Bhat Takheri recipe!
Cheers and catch ya soon.