Bright and early on Monday he sent me Lesson One in the journey of mastering Self-Publishing. His business, in the past, offered a stand-alone offering of mentoring in the Self-Publish sphere. It was not purchased at a rate that justified the work involved in maintaining its currency. I told him that I really would like it as part of the Design package that I purchased from Five Rainbows. He agreed to provide a subset of the Self-Publishing Mentoring program as a part of my package. Failing that compromise, I’m not so sure that I would be following this self-publishing path, at this time. OK – Time to get to work.
I’ve upped my blogging frequency as I am finding it easier and easier for (cogent) words to flow from these feeble fingers. I also need to keep them busy, as I take breaks from reading and absorbing The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing. Once again, a foundational book if you are serious about this Independent Publisher thing.
I have lots of things to do and purchase to move the process forward. Some are dependent on the book design, like the website design, and some are needed to build a corporate base under this entire activity. This is the third business that I have registered with the State of Florida; it is the first of those three that I have confidence that will thrive. Why? I am not dependent on customers spending major money to buy my offering. Also, I do not believe that this effort will be so affected by this horrendous recession/depression/slow-down, or whatever you want to call the disastrous business downturn that has been the most crippling enemy of small business and free enterprise that I have seen in my lifetime.
So, with a determined outlook and a limited purse, I’m charging forward (Dow down 186 as I type). We all must leverage every little bit of ‘edge’ that we may have, and be more creative than ever. I can do that!