Publishing, Re-Publishing, Re-Issue, and New Covers
|To satisfy a little bit of ego, here I am with the|
first book in the Jonas Watcher series.
This is not about the writing process, but how you choose to actually get published. I am a truly a DIY kind of writer/publisher. There are a lot of services out there to help you get your work published, and this is about my choice and my mistakes or rather my ignorance. I chose to use CreateSpace as my means to get published. From the outset, I believe this was my best option, and I still do. However, I have put myself in the position of having to do some extra work because I didn't quite understand how part of the publishing process in CreateSpace works. It may be I still don't, but I have adjusted my path because it works for me. I am about to publish my third book in the Jonas Watcher series. A third book is a bit of a milestone, and I decided that I wanted to re-issue the first two books, second editions, with new covers. I also realized that I hadn't named the books properly.
Since the series started out as a single book, I was unfamiliar with how to set things up for the series. I may still be wrong. I don't know how many books there will be in the series, it is six and counting. I finish a book and ideas for more come to me. A blessing or a curse? While I do not consider myself in the league with Conan Doyle, I still like my detective and I like writing about him. At this point, there are two titles for the same book. I thought I might be unique, but I discovered that this isn't that uncommon. However, mine was through ignorance on my part, I am not sure that was the case with other author's titles.
"A Jonas Watcher Detective Adventure". I created a new cover and this is being identified as a second edition noting fixes to the previous edition. Since I haven't sold thousands of books I doubt there would be much of an outcry from fans. Second editions have been fixes of first editions for hundreds of years, so this is probably much ado about nothing except for my own desire to get it right in my own eyes.
The third book in the series has no issue at this time since it is now going through the publication process for the first time and I now have a better direction in how I want to release my volumes. That is another change, the books will be identified as volumes one, two, three, etc. So far the books have been published in a time sequence that is relevant to the Jonas Watcher cases. We;'ll see how long I can keep that up.
The third book in a series is a milestone. Everyone has, at least, one book in them, it has been said. Maybe. In the genre, once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times, according to Ian Flemming, is enemy action. What does it mean when there are more on the horizon. "The Case of the Looking Glass Mirror" and "The Case of Marie Laveau's Curse" both are A Jonas Watcher Detective Adventure in the works.
If it is a book in a series decide immediately. Don't use the Series name in the title. Have a subtitle or tagline and put them all in the right place. There will be second editions because there will be mistakes. Fifty thousand plus words don't get written without mistakes, typos, and grammar issues. It doesn't matter how many eyes look at the work, an error will sneak by, they are tricky little buggers that way.
Good writing, good luck, and if you want to self-publish, look at CreateSpace, it still works for me.
Since writing this I have shifted to Draft2Digital. CreateSpace is still a very viable option, but because of changes with Amazon I was creating multiple sources and it was becoming complicated for me. Draft2Digital is now just a better option.