I just watched a Christian Writers Institute training by Thomas Umstattd Jr. called “How to Get Published.” I really liked the way he walked through the basic steps of Traditional Publishing vs. Independent and Self-Publishing. The training video is an excellent summary of each of these types of publication methods.
Traditional publishers and agents are looking for authors who want to make a career out of their writing. For that reason, authors who intend to write more than one book are a better fit for most traditional publishing companies. I had no intention in writing another book when I began writing Once in a Lullaby: My Journey Home. Writing only one book was one of the main reasons I chose independent publishing.
I have a love-hate relationship with all things technological and knew I needed extra help from someone with experience. Although I had more control over my book project with independent publishing, I was not interested in learning all the software programs to do it all on my own, so I hired an editor and book cover design professional. I guess you could say I chose the hybrid mix of self-publishing and independent publishing.
Independent or self-published authors pay more up front to get their books published than they would with a traditional publisher, but it was quicker and I was able to make my own decisions about book cover choice and title. I worked with a wonderful editor or as she calls herself, the Motivational Editor, Debra L. Butterfield. She introduced me to graphic artist Tamara Clyer and Dreamstime coverart to find a beautiful cover design for the book. Debra also encouraged me throughout the writing process.
I have learned so much about book publication. So far the reviews of my book are genuine and gracious. Even though I am not planning to write another book in the near future, God can change that at any moment. Today I am a happy blogger, speaker and a spiritual director with Holy Listening.com. The best part is I completed my bucket list item of writing a memoir for my granddaughters. If you read my book, I would love it if you would write a review by clicking here. You can also follow my blog.
If you are a writer who is just beginning, I want to encourage you to keep going. The light you see at the end of the tunnel is not necessarily an oncoming train! If I can do it, you can do it too! 🙂