I had originally contacted my now editor for her beta reading services and she informed me that my book, that I had worked to the point of near hatred on, still needed an edit. I took her word for it and hired her to edit my supposedly final draft. If there is only one thing an author decides to spend money on, it should be a professional edit!
My current cover designer was nice enough to offer some guidance in building our own cover but after more countless hours of failing at making a bestselling cover, I hired her and it was one of the best things I've done. Her covers are to die for!
Each book is different, from the writing to the publishing. Nothing goes exactly as planned and everything is different. You may love one book more than the other just as your readers do and one book may tear you to pieces, figuratively and literally. Keep going because once you hit that button on release day, it is all worth it.
At the beginning of 2015, I decided I wanted to try to write a book. I wrote five or six chapters and gave them to my best friend (who is a PA for NYT best selling author) to read and give me feedback. Well, her feedback almost made me cry and stop writing my book altogether. If it wasn't for the reasoning behind wanting this one story published, I probably would have said to hell with it. That combined with my hard head and not liking when I'm told I can't do something.
My biggest issue was when I went to upload my book for pre-order. I'm blaming it on my husband. Because, why not? No, really he was rushing me to leave and I was in the middle of putting in the information on Amazon. I could have sworn I hit the pre-order button, but I guess in my haste, I didn't. I'm lucky that it was 100% ready. It uploaded and published without me having a clue. It was two months ahead of my scheduled release date, THAT I MENTION IN THE BOOK! But, I didn't have any anxiety over an upcoming release day. Yay!
I'm currently typing my little fingers down to the nubs on book three. I've got story issues going on in it, I'm trying to redeem the antagonist of book two. It's hard to simultaneously show this guy as the jerk he is and redeem him. What was I thinking? I'll work it out somehow, I'm too stubborn to give up!
Sorry I was so wordy this time, I just had a lot to say.