The Challenge: Published book by November

Preliminary Book Cover Design by Pamela Wilson of Big Brand System

Last week I was hired to be the keynote speaker for a large annual conference in Indiana.

Now, the really cool reason that I got this gig is because I have spent about a year building my author platform with my blog Ecosystem Gardening, my Facebook fanpage, my twitter account, and networking with other people.

One of my twitter/Facebook/blog followers suggested me as a speaker to the person who arranges those details. Yippee! That’s exactly the point of building an author platform.

So, What’s The Problem?

Well, the problem is, I’ve spent all this time building my platform and I don’t yet have my book published. And this event is the perfect place to debut it.

So, now it’s time to get to work.

There is no way to make this deadline unless I self-publish. I need to cut out as many middle people as possible and still produce a quality product that I will be proud of.

The Good News

My book is already written and edited. I intentionally wrote my thesis to be published as my book, and my editors and thesis advisory committee did an excellent job.

BUT, I have since changed the name. So a simple search and replace should solve that problem.

AND there are parts of it that I simply hate. So those need to be rewritten so I don’t hate them any more.

The Better News

I already have a book cover, or at least the start (see photo above). Pamela Wilson, of Big Brand System is my favorite designer ever! She designed this blog, the Ecosystem Gardening blog, and several upcoming sites for projects I haven’t even released yet. If you need a great designer, Pamela is your go to person!

You may remember that Pamela gave us some wonderful tips right here about how to design your book.

The Process

Now, my steps are these:

  1. Finish Rewrites
  2. Edit
  3. Edit
  4. Edit
  5. Upload to publishing site
  6. Proof
  7. Upload again
  8. Have finished product delivered to Indiana in time for my speaking gig

Wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

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  1. Hoo-ray! This is awesome, Carole! I can’t wait to buy and read it. :-)

    p.s. Pamela did a great job with the cover. Love it.

  2. You go girl! It’s public now, so the pressure is on. I know that you are really tuned-in to the publishing world, but have you checked with Susan Daffron over at Logical Expressions for the publishing? I liked what I saw when I checked them out a while back.

    Can’t wait to see it finished. I remember you talking about this when we first met over in Teaching Sells, so I’m just tickled that you are getting it finished!

  3. oh, good luck Carole, and don’t I know that #1 on your list is the hardest one of all! I am up against a similar deadline, so I’ll check in with you occasionally to make sure you’re still breathing! Can’t wait to see your book! I know it’ll be just fab!

  4. Congratulations Carole!

    You’ve done such a great job with all your projects. I am looking forward for your launch.

    Good luck and do let me know if you’re stuck with any technical bits. I will be glad to help.

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  5. Mike Korner says:

    Go Carole!

  6. Opportunities come with every challenge. Go on with your goals Carole. :-)

  7. That is quite a lot of work within the next two months with the rewrite and edits but I think you’ll do a good job. How long is the book and how long has it taken you to get to this point? Just curious as an aspiring writer.
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