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.
Now, my steps are these:
- Finish Rewrites
- Upload to publishing site
- Upload again
- Have finished product delivered to Indiana in time for my speaking gig
Wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.