Dr. Spock, I need answers!

You have written your book. Yay! Your baby is here and you want to show the world! You want the best for your labor of love (yes, pun I do) but you are so proud and excited you hardly have time to think. You bundle your precious cargo up and head out. Where do you go? Family and friends certainly. But is it too early to be out and about? Has little baby had time to get ready for the outing? What should you be concerned about? Are you really ready? Dr. Spockkkkk!!!!!

Your book needs special consideration too. It needs to be primped and patted and readied for its first outing. In particular this is so very important for the new author. Your book is essentially your debutante ball. Your introduction into the author and reader world. People will make impressions about you based on your first baby that will affect their decisions in the future. You need to learn the route and all the possible roads to presenting your baby to the public.

It is a long list and requires some dedicated investigation. But this is your baby you are talking about. It may have been 9 months in the making but once out in the world it will have a life of its own. You need to prepare it for that.

Where do you start? Many answers can be found for that question but perhaps your first step should not actually be a step. You need to sit still and learn about the world you are about to enter. There a books written that can be read, websites to peruse and groups to join that can help you understand the publishing process.

Every author has different needs when it comes time to get their book published. Every author has a different ability to come up with cash to do that. You can say every author can do it themselves but that is not reality. It takes a certain skill set or contacts/friends who will donate their services to get it done properly with nominal cost. If the author has a huge budget it can all be paid services and then they can self publish. However, unless they take the time to learn the various steps and requirements and research service providers carefully they can end up paying much more than necessary, and sometimes with poor quality results. Or they can research and find someone to manage that selection of service providers. Not every author wants to select them or is capable of learning what they need to know to self publish a quality book. Some prefer to keep writing and have no desire to deal with anything past that point.

  • Take some time to sort out the terminology. There are some groups on LI (LinkedIn) that run or have run through them all at one time or other. New authors will find the time they spend seeking these posts out beneficial.
  • Figure out your needs. Then you have options.
  • You can figure out and list the services you need and secure them yourself informedly. If it is just not your forte, you can hire someone to walk you through things or manage the process for you.
  • How will you or will you pay for services? Barter with skills you may have. Negotiate and then pay for services. Hire a Publishing Service Company to do it for you. There are those that offer specific services like editing or book design or file conversions. Some offer complete packages. (Beware, many do not include editing in packages.) Know what you are and are not getting from any given provider. (What kind of editing? Which files? Print, ebook only?) Seek out a publisher and get a contract to publish your book. There are small legitimate ones as well as major ones. (Still, know what you are getting!) If you are capable, secure the software needed and do the parts of the publishing process you are able to do yourself and just hire the services you can’t or shouldn’t do yourself (Doing the final edit on your own book can be full of hazards.)

Most companies that operate in the publishing arena are not inherently evil. They usually specify their terms and offerings. They provide contracts for you to read. They often have sales staff that will do what they need to secure a sale. Unfortunately that can sometimes mean providing vague answers to the potential client. It is YOUR duty to get clear answers IN WRITING. Any company that balks, the smart author walks. If you can’t understand a contract, hire someone to do that for you and lay out the main facts and hidden exclusions. That doesn’t necessarily mean paying for a lawyer. It may look complicated, but the legalese just makes it hard to read, not impossible.

Research. Research. Research. Yes, you have spent a lot of time and effort to get to this point. Writing, rewriting. You are anxious to see your baby in print and to have people read it. But this is not the time to stop your efforts or rush the process in your zeal to get to the end. This is just a different job to do. Equally as important as writing your book. Not only is your first baby’s future at stake, but every one after will depend on what you do at this stage.

Now, put your baby down and start planning their future.

Next: (much sooner than this post, I promise)
Baby Steps-What Do I Need To Know To Plan My Baby’s Future?

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For the Evil Returned – A Novel by Jackson Sullivan

Evil ebook Cover NOOK

AVAILABLE FROM www.woolyswagon.com and all major online book and ebook outlets
List Price: $13.99/$5.99 ebook
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
242 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1533352781
ISBN-10: 153335278X
BISAC: Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical

What is evil? Is it something you can touch? Is it something that transcends time? What creates it?

Married only two years, Jeff and Angie were happy. Despite recent financial setbacks, Jeff’s new business was finally showing promise and he could not wait to treat his beautiful and understanding wife to a long overdue night out.

Evil was afoot that night. It had been for a long time. One innocent decision and it would cross paths with them. Everything Jeff feared would touch him. Everything he knew would be shaken and turned upside down.

Not in the least his sanity.

 

Visionary Fiction, as defined by the Visionary Fiction Alliance, are stories or novels that portray esoteric wisdom and experiences that awaken or catalyze transformation within the reader by way of character/plot. True visionary fiction is not preachy and does not focus on specific belief systems. It does focus on teachings and traditions concerning human consciousness and enlightenment. VF may incorporate fantastic elements (e.g., dreams, visions, the occult, psychic abilities) as plot devices.

A metaphysical novel or story makes the metaphysical/otherworldly element the focus of the story, rather than a just plot device. Metaphysical Fiction encompasses topics like energy healing, past lives, intuition. Metaphysical (“beyond the physical”) refers to events or experiences that we may be able to subjectively experience or sense but cannot objectively measure or explain. In the narrative, metaphysical phenomenon is part of ordinary human experience in ways that create conflict for the characters, propelling the story forward to find out how will the character deal with these events.

JACKSON SULLIVAN was born in the South and grew up avid reader of any book he could get his hands on and a willing listener of any tall-tail within hearing. At an early age he discovered horror movies and horror fiction; he freely admits that both affected him, the fiction to the greatest degree. For his affliction he credits (or blames as the mood to write moves him) two writers in particular: Stephen King and Robert McCammon and their stories It and Swan Song, respectively.

He has won some minor awards from regional writing competitions along the way for his short suspense and horror fiction; this is his first novel. He lives in the South not far from a house that has a tombstone in the front yard and along a stretch of highway that is as well known for its ghost stories and old legends, as it is among the many motorcycle enthusiasts who ride it each year.
Readers who wish to contact him may do so through Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJacksonSullivan
and by email at jacksonsullivan@woolyswagon.com
Collection of work:

For the Evil Returned – Novel
That Time between LIFE and DEATH Volume One – Short Story Collection
That Time between LIFE and DEATH Volume Two – Short Story Collection

New Release – That Time between LIFE and DEATH -Volume Two by Jackson Sullivan

That Time between LIFE and DEATH V2 ebook CoverNOOK

AVAILABLE FROM www.woolyswagon.com and all major online book and ebook outlets
List Price: $13.99/$5.99 ebook
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
222 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1533246035 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1533246033
BISAC: Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical

What happens or could happen after you die?
Do you disappear?
Do you stay around for a time?
Can you do things, help others, change things?
Do you even know that you are no longer living?

These stories delve into the good, the bad, the possibilities. Jackson Sullivan takes you to the dark and lighter sides of that grey period, making you think, wonder and shudder at the possibilities.

Volume Two:
Comes the Breaking Dawn
The Last Ride
The Laughter in His Head
The Monster
When the Moon Was Full

Visionary Fiction, as defined by the Visionary Fiction Alliance, are stories or novels that portray esoteric wisdom and experiences that awaken or catalyze transformation within the reader by way of character/plot. True visionary fiction is not preachy and does not focus on specific belief systems. It does focus on teachings and traditions concerning human consciousness and enlightenment. VF may incorporate fantastic elements (e.g., dreams, visions, the occult, psychic abilities) as plot devices.

A metaphysical novel or story makes the metaphysical/otherworldly element the focus of the story, rather than a just plot device. Metaphysical Fiction encompasses topics like energy healing, past lives, intuition. Metaphysical (“beyond the physical”) refers to events or experiences that we may be able to subjectively experience or sense but cannot objectively measure or explain. In the narrative, metaphysical phenomenon is part of ordinary human experience in ways that create conflict for the characters, propelling the story forward to find out how will the character deal with these events.

JACKSON SULLIVAN was born in the South and grew up avid reader of any book he could get his hands on and a willing listener of any tall-tail within hearing. At an early age he discovered horror movies and horror fiction; he freely admits that both affected him, the fiction to the greatest degree. For his affliction he credits (or blames as the mood to write moves him) two writers in particular: Stephen King and Robert McCammon and their stories It and Swan Song, respectively.

He has won some minor awards from regional writing competitions along the way for his short suspense and horror fiction; this is his first novel. He lives in the South not far from a house that has a tombstone in the front yard and along a stretch of highway that is as well known for its ghost stories and old legends, as it is among the many motorcycle enthusiasts who ride it each year.
Readers who wish to contact him may do so through Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJacksonSullivan
and by email at jacksonsullivan@woolyswagon.com
Collection of work:

For the Evil Returned – Novel
That Time between LIFE and DEATH Volume One – Short Story Collection
That Time between LIFE and DEATH Volume Two – Short Story Collection

New Release – That Time between LIFE and DEATH – Volume One by Jackson Sullivan

That Time between LIFE and DEATH ebook CoverNOOK2

AVAILABLE FROM www.woolyswagon.com and all major online book and ebook outlets
List Price: $13.99/$5.99 ebook
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1533184368 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1533184364
BISAC: Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical

What happens or could happen after you die?
Do you disappear?
Do you stay around for a time?
Can you do things, help others, change things?
Do you even know that you are no longer living?

These stories delve into the good, the bad, the possibilities. Jackson Sullivan takes you to the dark and lighter sides of that grey period, making you think, wonder and shudder at the possibilities.

Volume One (Contains Erotic Content):
Black Hollow
Circle of Eight
From out of the Fog
One Night Only

 

Visionary Fiction, as defined by the Visionary Fiction Alliance, are stories or novels that portray esoteric wisdom and experiences that awaken or catalyze transformation within the reader by way of character/plot. True visionary fiction is not preachy and does not focus on specific belief systems. It does focus on teachings and traditions concerning human consciousness and enlightenment. VF may incorporate fantastic elements (e.g., dreams, visions, the occult, psychic abilities) as plot devices.

A metaphysical novel or story makes the metaphysical/otherworldly element the focus of the story, rather than a just plot device. Metaphysical Fiction encompasses topics like energy healing, past lives, intuition. Metaphysical (“beyond the physical”) refers to events or experiences that we may be able to subjectively experience or sense but cannot objectively measure or explain. In the narrative, metaphysical phenomenon is part of ordinary human experience in ways that create conflict for the characters, propelling the story forward to find out how will the character deal with these events.

JACKSON SULLIVAN was born in the South and grew up avid reader of any book he could get his hands on and a willing listener of any tall-tail within hearing. At an early age he discovered horror movies and horror fiction; he freely admits that both affected him, the fiction to the greatest degree. For his affliction he credits (or blames as the mood to write moves him) two writers in particular: Stephen King and Robert McCammon and their stories It and Swan Song, respectively.

He has won some minor awards from regional writing competitions along the way for his short suspense and horror fiction; this is his first novel. He lives in the South not far from a house that has a tombstone in the front yard and along a stretch of highway that is as well known for its ghost stories and old legends, as it is among the many motorcycle enthusiasts who ride it each year.
Readers who wish to contact him may do so through Facebook:

and by email at jacksonsullivan@woolyswagon.com
Collection of work:

For the Evil Returned – Novel
That Time between LIFE and DEATH Volume One – Short Story Collection
That Time between LIFE and DEATH Volume Two – Short Story Collection