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Going Indie

By Dawn Ford — November 28, 2016

Friday Jenny talked about her writing path changing, going another direction. Today I’m going to talk about my publishing taking a different direction.

This past Spring a publishing company expressed interest in helping me hybrid publish my YA contemporary novel, Knee High Lies. Due to some unforeseen issues, they have had to back out of finishing the project. So, I’m going Indie.

That means that I’m finalizing the edits on my own, not an impossible hurdle as my editor Sarah, along with her line editor Josh, did an amazing job. I owe them a huge thank you for helping polish my story and bringing it to a level above what I could have ever done. Thank you to Ben Wolf who is helping to make this transition as easy as possible.

linda-fulkerson-300x300The next real hurdle is finding a cover image that will work. I have enlisted the help of Linda Fulkerson and her company DLF Digital Services to help with the cover and formatting my book for publication. I know she’ll do an amazing job, IF I can ever settle on an image.

Which brings me to what I’m doing now. I have searched pages and pages of images on the stock photo site but so far have not come up with an image that completely fits what I have in mind, though there are several that might work. So, I’ve asked a photographer friend to help me bring the image in my mind into reality. I have a model, now I have to find a place and create a summer scene in these winter months. Ha! I might need a miracle.

I’ll be putting together a street team soon and navigating my way through marketing the book. street-teamThis is as exciting as it is terrifying for me to undertake. But, I’ve had some great examples that have gone before me. With the help of friends I know I will succeed in getting my book published by the summer of 2017.

I’ll begin documenting my journey, do a cover reveal when we finally have an image, and share dates when they become available on my personal website at dawnfordauthor.com. So far I haven’t had much to share. I’m looking forward to actually having something noteworthy to talk about.

Prayers are coveted. May God bless this journey.

About Author

Dawn is a young adult fiction author, creating authentic stories that cut through the lies we hide behind to break through to our inner truths. Her passions are her faith, family, shoes, purses, things that sparkle, and anything steampunk. Keep up with Dawn's news and events at dawnfordauthor.com.

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(10) Readers Comments

  1. November 28, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Prayers are definitely lifted your way, Dawn! It's a scary, exciting decision you've made - know that I'm with you every step of this new journey!

    • November 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Thank you, Brenda! You're one of my biggest cheerleaders.

  2. Stephanie Ludwig
    November 28, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Best of luck, Dawn! If you need some marketing help, I'd be glad to help you out. It's going to be an exciting journey for you!

    • November 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

      I will take you up on that offer, Stephanie! I know very little about marketing.

  3. Kav
    November 28, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Awsomesauce news, Dawn! Indie publishing is definitely opening doors to authors. But goodness, all the behind the scenes stuff! Will definitely be praying for you! And cheering you on.

    • November 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you, Kav! I'll take every one of those prayers!! I have such great cheerleaders!!

  4. Shari Barr
    November 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Congratulations, Dawn! Can't wait to hear about your journey to publication. You're on your way!!

    • Dawn Ford
      November 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks, Shari!

  5. November 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Praying for you, Dawn! It's very nerve-wracking knowing your book is coming out, period, but this has to make it even more so! Now as for that summer cover pic - You'll just have to tell hubby that you need a trip to the tropics to work on a cover shoot! lol!!

    • Dawn Ford
      November 28, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Ha! We're going to Florida next week. I'll have to try to get a shot while we're down there!! :)

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