According to my last blog January 2015 was a bit ... hmm, non-affirming. I did mention that I'm not one to give up easily, right? Okay, so now it's February. My book has been released for a couple of weeks. Hold on ... I am going to stray for just a second. For those of you who have followed my story through the processes to get me here, you probably already know that I'm a hairdresser. I live in Seattle, but I travel to Montana every month to do my loyal clients' hair. So, in February ... I loaded up my car with a box full of pretty new books to sign and sell in Montana.
If I had done it properly ... I should have contacted; the local newspaper, the local radio station, and probably the local TV station. I could have set it up as a full on book signing party at a local hot spot. Headline, "local Author doing book signing, today". I think I might fall into that category, Queen of procrastination. I have great ideas and schemes, but then I fall short organizing it together. That great amazing idea fell short. All I did, was tell my clients, "hey, I have a book here if you want." I smack myself, things could have been done differently. Truly, I think I feared that no one would show up. So, I went with the safer bet.
I did sell out of my whole box of books. After my sales in Montana, it brought me even with my expenses of making my book. There are a lot of costs with getting a book done. I went the path of least expense. Between January and February It cost me ... $512.62. Like I said, I went cheap. Cover costs and editing alone could get into the thousands. If you have it ... spend it. Cutting corners in the end could cost you a lot more. Get that professional look, and the professional edit. It could mean the life or death of your book. I wish I had squeezed a little tighter and took a little bigger leap.
Author RJ Heaton
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