Adding to Team Take the Wheel

I met with Vinnie Kinsella at Indigo Editing yesterday to ask him questions about the publication process, since I am — or was — so admittedly clueless. He was very enlightening. He also agreed to design Take the Wheel and help me publish it.

Here is my new understanding of the self-publishing process:

  • I write the book. And rewrite it. And ask for readers. And take their suggestions. And rewrite it.
  • An editor tells me what still needs to be fixed in the manuscript, and I fix those things.
  • I give the fixed manuscript to the book designer, who makes it work as an ebook and a print book.
  • We hand it over to a proofreader, who makes sure the designer and I didn’t fluff things up too badly.
  • Something about ISBNs and registration comes at this point.
  • I set up an account with a printer, who makes the product available as both an ebook and a print-on-demand book.
  • That printer happens to be a subsidiary of a distributor, who lists Take the Wheel in their catalog.
  • I sell the mother-lovin’ fluff out of the book.

As you can see, my understanding of the process is quite detailed and technical. Also, during the course of writing this post, I have decided that “fluff” is my new favorite euphemistic swear word. I don’t want to burn your eyeballs with my filthy language.


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