DL Richardson is my guest today. I've read DL's first two books and look forward to reading Little Red Gem as well. Check out the blurb and then find out why DL chose self-publishing for this book. ~ Brinda
Love can make you do crazy things as Ruby Parker discovers when she dies and returns from the grave to unearth how much Leo Culver loved her.
With the aid of bad advice from a ghost who is trapped by a curse, a little bit of magic courtesy of her unsuspecting half-sister, and a televised music talent show coming to town to hold auditions, Ruby Parker makes more of a mess in death than she ever did in life.
Can she fix everything before it’s too late? Or will she spend eternity as a ghost, haunted by the unknown depths of love? Either way, one thing Ruby learns is that while love can make you do crazy things, it can make you do amazing things too. But at what cost?
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“Why I chose self-publishing...” by DL Richardson
I never thought I would. Years ago when someone asked me why I didn’t self-publish, I told him that my goal was to be a published author with a traditional publisher and that was the end of that argument. A goal is a goal. Anyone who has ever held out for what they truly want will understand this. I wanted an editor, a cover artist, a copyright editor, a proof reader, and a marketing team to work with me in delivering the best book possible.
Since having my first two novels published I have come to realize that marketing a book – any book whether it be traditional published or self published – is hard work. Harder than I expected. Not that I don’t like doing it. I love marketing. It just takes up so much time when all I want to do is write. So why in heck’s name would I go the self-published road and give myself more work??!!!
The honest truth is that publishers and editors are a little fatigued on paranormal at the moment. Understandable. But this doesn’t help me though when I WRITE PARANORMAL. I must point out here that technically I write speculative fiction. It’s the umbrella term that paranormal fits under. Under that umbrella also sits science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, magic, supernatural, zombies, vampires etc. My first novel The Bird With The Broken Wing is fantasy, my second Feedback is science-fiction with some ghostly elements. Either way I dress up my third novel, Little Red Gem, it doesn’t matter. Publishers and editors at this very moment are looking for something else, possibly contemporary fiction, possibly puppies or aliens, who knows! Whatever. I can hardly re-write my story about a girl who dies and comes back from the dead to suit the publisher’s needs. Where would she come back from? The mall? Hardly makes her quest as dangerous, for my character Ruby anyway, when she no longer has her soul to lose.
So I won’t bother trying to write to suit the market, nor should any writer. It would take too long, it would detract from the story, and more importantly, it wouldn’t be fair to me as a writer who has chosen to write speculative fiction. I love what I write. I won’t change that. So that’s where self publishing comes in. I can either wait for the editors and publishers to be fed up with contemporary or puppies or aliens, or I can publish this book myself. Obviously, I chose the latter.
I’m very pleased with how Little Red Gem turned out. Did I need the experience of two traditionally published novels behind me to achieve this? You bet I did. Had I not had the experience of a senior editor hauling my first two novels out of the coals and telling me to make diamonds out of them, had I not had the a cover artist provide me covers that set the benchmark for what I had to produce, had I not painstakingly written blurbs and synopsis and tag lines so that I could tweak interest without giving too much away, then Little Red Gem would not have ended up the book it is – one that I’m very proud to say is my total and complete creation.
Here are few things I did that might help you on your journey to self-publication:
· Test covers with your fans and listen to their feedback.
· Give your final draft to one or two readers for input into plot and character flaws. You want these found as early as possible.
· Wait a month or two after the book is returned before you work on final edits. I did about 8 edits all up.
· If you have to change the ending do so. I changed mine four times before I found one that suited my character’s journey best.
· Give yourself plenty of lead time to get the book to the ebook and print publishers because you’ll also need to write guest posts and answer interview questions for the promotion you’ll be doing.
My advice to anyone who is thinking of self publishing, do it, but make sure you do it well. After all, it is your name on the cover and in the credits, not anyone else’s.
Best of luck