In the past ten years, we have helped about 500 people self-publish. It is such a delicious part of what we do because we are walking alongside somebody while they bring a story to life.
I tell people that the best parts are watching the book come together, the anticipation when we hit ‘send’ to the printer and that sweet moment when we open the box of freshly minted books. For a split second, we pray that everything is as it should be, that it looks like a book and there is nothing glaringly incorrect in the text or on the cover. It will be. Better yet is the look on the author’s face when he or she holds the book in hand.
But the most heart fluttering moment for me is when I’m at a book launch and I watch the author signing books and soaking it all up. It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve done it, every time it feels like it’s our book. We’ve helped someone give birth to a special being.
There are so many aspects to publishing a book that make it awesome. The first is having a seed of an idea and planning it out into a book. This is where you get to be creative. It doesn’t matter whether it is a business book, memoir, novel or book of poetry. Each has it own grade of expression. This is the place to insert YOU into it.
The writing of the book will be different for everyone. For some, this is the easy part, for many it will be torture, just like any form of self-expression! Once the content is ready (and professionally edited), the fun begins with shaping it into the physical form. What should the cover look like, what font should we use? The choices are endless and sometimes a little daunting but we know what we’re doing and hold people’s hands if need be.
When the time comes to hit ‘send’ to the printer, there can sometimes be a little hesitation because this is where the creator is holding up their being into the world. Sometimes we have to say, ‘it is ready’.
It is quite an achievement to publish a book. For those who haven’t done it, it’s hard to explain what it’s like. It can be all consuming, scary, fun, exciting, challenging, healing and life changing. I don’t say life changing as a throw away. I have seen it create gorgeous, life changing ripples in people’s lives. I’ve seen people grow and learn so much about themselves.
I’m excited to be working with Penne Schwarz, the winner of our Pitch to Publish competition for 2020. Yesterday I went to visit Penne to get to know her and her story. This story is not so much hers but her son Joshua who died from a rare brain tumour at the age of nine. We want to make sure that this book is a legacy that honours Joshua’s life and brings some healing to the family.
If you’re just starting out on your publishing journey, talk to us. We are all about the story and how to help you tell it because we know that your story is important, and it can help someone else in their life journey. Check out our publishing packages if you’re ready to publish or contact me for a no obligation chat.