Ever finally finished something that you should have finished a looooong time ago? Then after you finish you ask yourself why it took you so long. No? Must just me then.
Some days you are more motivated than others. Lately I got motivated to finally finish a book I’ve been working on a little here and little there for years. It’s been slow going. I even made slideshows once.
I couldn’t decide if it was going to be an instruction book or a book-book. I’ve been using the material while helping others but just never compiled it into one place. I think the end result is somewhere in-between. You would think this book would be a 1,000 pages by now but after editing it’s down to about 45 pages, regular letter size. I tried to follow the KISS principle.
Reality is that publishing a book is a lot more work than I thought it would be. Especially if you have tables and images that do not, I learned, convert to e-book format very easily. After exhausting all free options without success I contacted a professional company that do these kind of conversions. Don’t ask me how they can when I can’t (I’m being sarcastic here) but that’s why they are professionals.
Then it’s the book cover design. I figured I would just use one of my photos, slap some text on there and voila be done. Well, that isn’t the way you should do it. Canva is a great place to create concepts on but take the time and put some effort into a real book cover design. Self publishing is definitely opening doors to do as much as you can yourself but I advise hiring a designer so that your book can look as professional as possible (and not like the special Ugly Cover Edition that you see below. Which by the way will only be printed as a limited edition as part of the campaign).
When you are doing something for the first time the learning curve is steep. Publishing a book is a great experience but it can also be a bit frustrating, especially when you are being slowed down by technicalities like formatting and the cost of getting it ready for publication. Hence the idea to do a Kickstarter campaign. My goal is to reach as many people as I can and crowd-funding is a great way to do that.
I could start with “I have a dream…” Actually, I do have a dream. A dream of getting people out of debt, off the hamster wheel and onto living their dreams. So I did a Kickstarter campaign. [update – the Kickstarter campaign was 100% funded so the link has been removed.]
I hope you join my cause. Please share with your friends. And although I am in no way an expert on publishing a book or doing a Kickstarter campaign I’m learning a lot so if you are thinking of either let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share what I’ve learned so far. You’re my tribe and for that I’m grateful!
Thank you! ~Camilla
UPDATE: The book is now being formatted so that it will read on all e-readers and for paperback copy. If all goes well it will be on Amazon in December. The book is also available as a downloadable PDF for purchase HERE.