Since you are here right now, you probably want to learn everything you can about self-publishing.
But maybe you:
If any (or all) of these apply to you, believe me, my friend, we've been where you are now. All of these statements applied to us when my daughter and I started on this journey in 2013.
We have a few beliefs about that above list:
How Did This Become My Life?
My name is Melody. Bethany Claire (author of Scottish time travel romances) is my daughter and my boss (I am her full-time assistant), and we are PASSIONATE about helping you master the steps to a successful self-publishing journey.
In 2013, I was working full-time for the local school district and was totally oblivious to the fact that self-publishing existed. My daughter, who was 22 at the time and a semester away from graduating college with a teaching degree, called me from summer school to tell me she was dropping out of college to pursue a writing career. What?!
She was attending a writer’s academy at her college and was having to leave her writer’s academy classes early to attend her college classes and just felt like she was settling when she thought about a teaching career. The writing class excited her and fed her soul. The education classes made her feel…well, let’s just say she wasn’t excited about that career.
I read her book and cried like a baby because it was so good. This girl could really write. It had always been so easy for her to spin a tale, and I loved reading her work and knew others would love it if she could get it published. As a mom, the only thing that really mattered to me was that she was happy and could support herself, so assisting her in any way I could was the only thing I knew to do.
Neither of us had any business experience, and the only thing she knew about self-publishing was that it existed. Her instructor at the writer’s academy (a successful author) said that she self-published some of her books, and that Bethany should consider that option. We were both determined to learn everything we could about getting a book published, so our first major education took place at the national RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference in Atlanta. We were women on a mission, and I don’t believe there was anyone at that conference more determined to soak up knowledge.
There was a traditional track and a self-publishing track at the conference, and we went to sessions for both. After attending a few of each, it was obvious that the authors who were self-publishing were much happier, making more money, and had much more control over their careers. It seemed the only choice. So after the first few sessions, we focused totally on the self-publishing lectures. We wrote down everything those successful indies said we needed to do and went home and did them. She picked a pen name, hired a cover artist and an accountant, and wrote two more books between July and November. My daughter was a machine. In the first month her books were for sale, she made more than she ever would have made teaching, and within 6 months of publishing, she hit the USA Today bestseller list.
It was evident this was what she was supposed to do, but the amount of work involved in a self-publishing business is somewhat overwhelming to handle alone. So I spent every spare minute after work and on the weekends reading books, listening to podcasts, perusing online sites like kboards, and soaking up everything I could to teach myself all about indie publishing. I tried to handle any tasks that I could to allow her to focus on the writing.
Over the next 3 1/2 years, together we mastered many non-writing tasks like organizing files, researching, finding the best keywords and categories, formatting ebooks and print books, uploading everything to the retailers, creating social media graphics and posts, managing ARC teams and Street teams, running successful promotions, setting up contests, updating back matter, managing a mailing list, and many, many other tasks. Everything we tried didn’t work, but many things did. Less than a year after she published her first book, she hired me as her full-time assistant—something that wasn’t even on my radar when this whole thing started. But it is, without a doubt, the best job I’ve ever had. I am blessed.
Sharing What We’ve Learned
When authors hear about our work relationship and the work I do for my daughter, they often ask, “Can you teach my wife/husband/daughter/mom, etc. to do what you do? I really need help and can’t afford to hire someone yet.” Or writers would ask Bethany, “I know how to write, but I don’t have a clue what else I need to do to self-publish my book. Can you help me?”
Bethany and I talk about how much we’ve learned and how we did it completely on our own and how much easier it would have been if we’d had someone to teach us step-by-step. So we decided to put everything we've learned into an online course to help others reach their dreams and have the very best chance at being a success, and Mastering Self-Publishing was born. Our true desire is to make the whole process easier for anyone else just starting on this journey.
We would love to share everything we’ve learned with you. If you would like to get a FREE Self-Publishing Checklist, you can check it out right now by signing up for our mailing list. Just click the button at the bottom of the page that says, "Get the Free Checklist.". You will then need to confirm your subscription. We will never spam you and will only send information related to self-publishing and updates to the course, and you can unsubscribe at any time if you wish to. After you confirm your subscription, you will receive an email with a link to download the checklist. Whether you sign up for our mailing list or not, we hope you will find something on this site to help you on your journey. We wish you only success and happiness in all that you do!
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