August 22, 2009 6

Super No-Longer-Secret Project

By in Main, Writing

I’ve been really busy lately with a fun project, one that I’ve been revising and fiddling around with for close to a decade. I’ve been seriously working on it for a few months now, and it is ready to be revealed…

I’m publishing a book of poetry.

I have a collection of poems that I’ve compiled into a cohesive collection, all centered around relationships, love, heartbreak, and the journey we take to find “the one.” I’ve added poems over the years, cut poems over the years, and I finally have the nerve to take the collection and share it with the world, because really… why the hell not?

Stephanie Smanto jumped on board with some amazing graphic design talents that have only made these poems look better. She typeset the inside and designed the cover, which I am truly in love with. I’m endlessly grateful to her for her patience and her creative eye. The book wouldn’t be what it is without her role in the publishing process.

I feel confident enough that this last proof is the final proof that I’ve released the book for pre-order on the website. Check out the site, which has a description of the collection and a page for pre-ordering Columbus Groove. It will also have ongoing news, such as book signings in the Ohio area and announcements when the book is available on sites like Lulu.com and Amazon.com. There will be a digital format available for purchase as well (stay tuned on the book’s site for info on getting that for free if you purchase the hard copy).

I’ve really been hesitant to talk much about the book, because I’ve let silly insecurities get the best of me up until a week or so ago. Telling people you’re self-publishing can open you up for a long of ignorant and hurtful criticism, usually by fellow writers who want to accuse you of cutting corners or simply not writing anything good enough to be published traditionally. I’ve been lucky enough not to field those comments since announcing this project to writing friends, but I’ve heard the comments all too often before becoming a self-publisher myself.

The truth is, I haven’t submitted this collection to a single publisher, and the process I’ve gone through has not been easy. In choosing to have ownership over every part of this process, I have been completely responsible for the product I’m releasing, including editing, obtaining and approving the best quality design, choosing an appropriate price, submitting the work to the copyright office, and figuring out how and where to sell this baby.

This is much more than just the content of the book for me. I’m releasing a product, complete with packaging that has taken months to perfect, fonts that were painstakingly chosen and approved, page ordering and author bios that were redone a million times, and a game plan that I’ve had to finalize largely on my own, with zero help from a big publisher or an agent.

I’m finally done with the insecurity and I’m really proud of that. I’m proud of the collection, I’m thrilled with the whole package, I’m grateful for the support I’ve received, and regardless of the reception from this point out, it took guts to get this project off the ground. I hope you’ll enjoy the celebration with me. :)

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  • http://djsteen.com/wp djsteen

    This is exciting, Brandice!

    Giddy up on a job well-done! I'm glad more and more authors are choosing to self-publish; it proves “the little guy” has a chance too.

    This will probably sound lazy on my part, but do you have any plans for an audiobook version?

    Congratuations, again! :)

  • http://brandice.net/blog brandice

    Thanks!

    You know, I hadn't really considered an audio version… will look into this. Thanks for planting the bug in my ear! :) If you have awesome tips on doing that, lemme know. The book itself is 48 pages long, so it's not an epic and it's less than 30 poems, but still… having an audio version would add a little something extra. :)

  • http://djsteen.com/wp djsteen

    I'm sure you know about the Scott Siglers and Evo Terras of the world. The podiobooked their novels, built fan bases, and then published the physical book.

    Seeing as yours is short, I reckon you could release about fifty 2-3 minute episodes for a year (one a week?). Or you could release them daily for a few months.

    Free publicity for the book. Well, your time isn't free, but you know what I mean.

    You could also put the audio version on Audible; people could listen to the free weekly(?) episodes on the site, OR download the whole thing for $5-$15 on Audible?

    Gosh, you could even get relevant sponsors like Audible or Lulu to sponsor the audio content.

    I'll e-mail ya more. :)

  • http://www.echristopherclark.com/ E. Christopher Clark

    Congratulations! It's very exciting. As a once and future self-publisher myself, I'm anxious to hear how all of this turns out.

    And I'm with Derek on doing an audio version. That could be totally cool and open up your stuff to a whole other audience.

  • http://djsteen.com/wp djsteen

    I'm sure you know about the Scott Siglers and Evo Terras of the world. The podiobooked their novels, built fan bases, and then published the physical book.

    Seeing as yours is short, I reckon you could release about fifty 2-3 minute episodes for a year (one a week?). Or you could release them daily for a few months.

    Free publicity for the book. Well, your time isn't free, but you know what I mean.

    You could also put the audio version on Audible; people could listen to the free weekly(?) episodes on the site, OR download the whole thing for $5-$15 on Audible?

    Gosh, you could even get relevant sponsors like Audible or Lulu to sponsor the audio content.

    I'll e-mail ya more. :)

  • http://www.echristopherclark.com/ E. Christopher Clark

    Congratulations! It's very exciting. As a once and future self-publisher myself, I'm anxious to hear how all of this turns out.

    And I'm with Derek on doing an audio version. That could be totally cool and open up your stuff to a whole other audience.