It’s been five months since the last status post. Since then, I’ve:
- started a publishing company (www.astrainvicta.com)
- gotten rights back for Rights of Use
- started a mailing list
- commissioned cover art from the immensely talented Mallory Rock of Rock Solid Book Design
- worked through copy edits
- tested out self-publishing with a short story, “This Alien Sympathy”
- and started revising book 2, Laws Among Friends (and its three accompanying short stories)
It turns out that I love self publishing. I’m not saying I’m a control freak, but…
…but maybe the day-job project management work over the last few years rubbed off a little. And Karen M. Herkes‘s philosophy of “If I’m going to kill trees, it’s going to be beautiful.”
I started off intimidated by the self publishing process. There are so many how-to aids and so many people offering help, I figured it must have a lot of pitfalls. But once I got the tasks ordered and let it percolate in my brain? I hate to say it, but it’s really not rocket science. Like rocket science, it’s a goal with a series of steps that can be broken down into sub-steps and ancillary issues and decisions and trade-offs, and I’m very comfortable at that point.
It’s comforting knowing I can make all the aspects I care about nigh perfect. Sure, no one else is going to help (unless I pay them), but I can dig into all of it myself. Honestly, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do.