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My First Book is Finally For Sale!

Nov
20

I just got the news from Amazon that my book is now for sale. It’s been a long road getting to this point. I hadn’t intended my first book to be a self-published one. Perhaps a bit of that was concern about the complexity of the publishing process, perhaps it was due to certain views I held–and still hold–about self-publishing. But I feel like I’ve put the effort into this book to make it stand out, whether that be the nice cover, or the hours I spent tweaking and formatting.

I definitely feel like this experience has changed me. I’ve even updated my Facebook Page to look like a more established author’s page! I feel like an author now, for sure. I am not so intimidated by the publishing process. So little anxiety do I have that I might have shot down the first positive reaction to my first manuscript, In the Valley of Magic, the book that started this whole thing, the book that 50-plus agents have passed on so far. I didn’t feel good about the contract and asked for some pretty significant changes. My demands are so severe, I am almost certain the publisher is going to deny them.

But that doesn’t scare me anymore. I know now, that if I need to, I can publish the book myself. I know how it’s done. I know where to get a good cover, and what it should look like. I know how to format the manuscript for ebooks and print. I know that, this being my primary book (and my pride and joy) that I will need pay the extra money to get on IngramSpark rather than just going through Amazon, like I did with the Iric book.

If I have to go it alone, I know I can, and that is an incredibly empowering feeling.

But I am not alone. I have worked with many great indie publishers–such as Fiction Vortex, Fantasia Divinity, Bards and Sages, Roane Publishing–that have shown real concern for my success. I am sure they would be more than willing to offer me advice.

All in all, I’m feeling pretty good. Got my first book out and two more on the way. This thing is starting to happen!

Thanks for joining me on this journey. I wish you all the same success that I have found. And if you ever have any questions or are in need of advice, don’t hesitate to look me up!

~J.M.

17 Responses to My First Book is Finally For Sale!

  1. Excellent work! Congratulations!

  2. Congrats! Really glad to see you’ve overcome that anxiety and are pushing forward. Your blog inspires me to continue on this path towards actually having my own published book.

    Keep up the amazing work!

  3. Congratulations! What an amazing achievement.

    • J.M. Williams

      Thank you for all the kind words and support! That’s what keeps me going! 😀 I saw your post about POV and your WIP. How is that going?

      • Will look forward to reading!
        Yes, it’s going okay thank you. I’ve definitely settled on using the voice that sounds right and comes most naturally. 🙂 Time to just keep on editing!

        • J.M. Williams

          If you’re planning on reading the book anyway, would you be interested in doing a book review? You’d be totally free to write whatever you feel about it, and I could even send you a print copy–but I need to get my hands on one first to check the quality. But it’s cool if the book is not your type. 🙂

  4. Congratulations. I just became aware of the Iric book today, bought an e-copy, read the first story, and liked it. This post plus the JM or J. M. post sent me to the keyboard to write about names and branding for novelists. I hope you don’t mind (chuckle) that I borrowed your cover jpg to head the post and offered a mild plug. The post will be Dec. 27.

    • J.M. Williams

      You should probably plug the cover artist too. 🙂 Her name’s E. Rachael Hardcastle. She did an awesome job on it. Regarding the J.M. or JM question, I think I am more confused than ever! Definitely need to use JM within the Amazon ecosystem, just for clarity’s sake, but I think my FB page among other things is pretty much locked in with J.M.–Plus, I do agree it looks a bit more natural or professional with the periods in.

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