Before I get started I wanted to thank everyone who posted a comment on my Contest Entry. Your advice and comments are very much welcome. I hope to share more samples of my work for your wonderful critique.
In fact I enjoyed your comments and advice so much that I'm asking for more. You see I have been looking into self publishing and digital self publishing recently and I have to say there is is so much information out there that it is over whelming. I have noticed from reading many of your blogs that many of you have decided to go the route of self publishing or digital self publishing as well. I have researched the Amazon site, as well as many others and I was a little upset with how they suck you in to spending more money than you were originally hoping to spend. The cheapest I have found was at Amazon who had posted $69.00 for digital. The problem I had and my husband had was it doesn't tell you if that is a flat fee or what? Does anyone know? Has anyone used Amazon?
The other problem I had as my husband and I searched the site was covers. I don't have a cover to my book, and my husband brought up a very good point. If he was searching for a book to read on a Kindle or iPad or what not, he wouldn't be interested if it didn't have cover art. He's right, I wouldn't either. Cover art helps to give you a clue to what the book is about, it gives you the feeling of the story without words. That leaves me with; where do I find cover art? Do I take a picture of my own and down load it? Do I hire an artist and pay? Would the artist get paid royalty checks when the book sells, or is it a one time deal? Did anyone else find themselves asking these questions?
They might sound like silly questions to someone who has gone through all of this a million times, but for a newbie in the self publishing/digital age, there are so many questions, and the sites out there just seem to suck you in to spending more then you actually had budgeted. Any advice would be really appreciated.
Tell me your experience in self publishing, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has these and many other questions and it would be great if you can all help each other out.