When I first started this writing gig, I was just a stay at home mom. Now, I say ‘just’ with a grain of salt because this is freaking hard job all by itself as it is being a mother. I’ve worked both sides of the fence, both SAH, and back in the days before we took the adventure in England, I was a working mother. Now that I am an author AND a stay-at-home mama to two lovely and vibrant young girls, I realize just how much this whole author gig really costs, and it ain't cheap.
It isn’t just the cover and the artwork and the formatting. It is the advertising and the teasers and everything else that comes along with getting the book out there and into reader hands. And being a newbie, I didn't know where to look or how much would be reasonable. I found some crazy prices and prices that were way too good to be true. I found it hard to trust people with my babies.
I also found out along the way, that my skills in art and design have helped me significantly to create my own teasers and promo materials. My military-honed eye for detail in addition to my innate OCD have helped me format my own books (as well as my friend’s books because the OCD takes over and… Well, I can’t not format for some reason once I get ahold of a book. It’s a sickness.)
The hubs – the genius he is – suggested I do it as a side business until this whole author stuff starts paying the bills. I deliberated. I worried. And then I sacked up and reminded myself that eventually the author gig WILL pay the bills one day, but today isn’t that day. I can wish and dream and write my butt off, but to be real, IT TAKES TIME.
So, I’m still writing and dreaming and making up stories. I’m just also formatting books & designing teasers while I do it.
Because a girl’s gotta eat.
If you are interested in any of my available author services, please visit the SERVICES page on my website for more information. I look forward to working with you!