Publishing

Dear all! Since late last year I have been reflecting and ruminating on my career and the way I have been running things, and have decided that I want to make some changes. Nothing dramatic - just some subtle shifts that may add up to something bigger in the long run. I've started by launching a newsletter that I'll be releasing on a monthly basis. The idea is that it will be focused on my books, writing and publishing activities, which I am very passionate about and that are taking up an increasing amount of my time. Subscribers to my newsletter will get book news first, and will also get deals on any new releases. I'll also share some fun and fascinating things that I've found...

Well hello! It's been a little longer than I had planned, mostly because you would not believe how many endless little details need your attention when you're publishing your own book. Meaning that - yes - my book is now out!! Also, I now have an Amazon Author Page. Huzzah! So, this will be my third post in a row about the publishing of my book and I promise it will be the last [in a row]. I know I could go on ad infinitum about how amazing and wonderful I think it is that authors no longer have to grovel at the feet of the gatekeepers to have their voices heard, and that "vanity publishing" is outgrowing its stigma, and "indie...

So, last week I started a post about the process of putting together a book for publication, but only got about halfway through when I had to quit because everyone knows the Internet's attention span doesn't last very long and I was already way over that limit. I had hoped that by this stage my book would have been released from its cocoon and already be making the rounds among my small circle of readers, but alas - I had not factored in the endless little problems that can arise in the building of a book. Little piddly technical stuff, like margins, and indents, and paragraph styles, and cover sizes, and how these and myriad other things behave when converted to...

As many readers will know, the release of my new book, Unraveled, is imminent. "Yeah yeah," I hear you thinking, "she's been banging on about this for months" - and you will be right. [Although I don't believe I've ever used the word "imminent" before. Just saying.] [caption id="attachment_752" align="alignleft" width="300"] The preview option on the KDP site shows my book cover as it would look on an iPad.[/caption] So I just wanted to give a brief rundown of what exactly is happening, lest some of you think I'll be talking about this fictional book forever and I probably haven't even started writing it yet [I have]. Also, I have a hunch that this may be useful for those of you who may...

In the last while I've had a few people ask me what's going on with my new book - the novel for which I was requesting beta readers a while back. Well, the writing is done, the beta reading is done, the editing is done, I think we've nailed a cover for it [I'm so fortunate to have a graphic designer at my disposal in the form of my supremely talented husband], and now I'm figuring out the best way to get it out there, with respect to method, timing, and so on. Brief recap: the book is called Unraveled and it's a novel. In the story, an Icelandic woman named Frida has recently moved back to Iceland with her husband, a British diplomat...

Well, I always suspected it was true, and now I know it is - it's a lot harder to blog once a week than to blog once a day. A lot of the blog gurus preach that you really don't need to update a blog very frequently. Once a week should be enough, if you are providing quality content for your readers. That may work for some bloggers. It doesn't work that well for me, as the infrequent posts on this blog are now beginning to prove. Not that it's such a bad thing. When I was writing The Iceland Weather Report like a madwoman (posting up to three times a day - Oy!) I had a momentum going, and I had a...

A few days ago, my book The Little Book of the Icelanders was published by a legacy publisher (Forlagið). I had originally released it as an eBook through my website, and it had done quite well (which I'm sure scored it some merit points in the legacy department, once again bringing home the importance of self-initiative and the magic of the Internet ...

Almost a year ago to this day, I sat in a publisher's office and signed my first publishing deal. It was for a little book that I had penned and originally released as an eBook. The publication date was slated for 1 May 2012. The rather lengthy wait was intentional - since it was thought that my book would best appeal to the tourism market, it seemed silly to be launching it when the summer was almost over (a bit of time was obviously needed for the design, proofreading, etc). Well. It is now the middle of June 2012, and the book still isn't out. The process is enormously cumbersome. There are lots of people involved. Those people have lots of other projects...