There are a handful of you guys who have been reading this blog for quite a while. You know I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I wish I would write a book. I sort of launched this blog (over two years ago) in lieu of writing a book. For years, the various rescue stories had tinkered around in my brain, and I knew I needed to get them in writing. The thought of sitting down to that task seemed overwhelming. When I started blogging, I was able to get the stories written down a small chunk at a time. During that first year of blogging, I was so glad to finally be telling the stories. During my second year of blogging, as I constantly tried to think of ways to bring in dollars, I wished to myself that I would turn that first year of blogging into a book. When I would consider the task, it would paralyze me. Could I even do it? Even if I could, how in the world does a person get a book published? I bought a couple of books about self-publishing. They were great except that they were WAY over my head. I really don’t think I could have worked my way through that process. I knew a book would probably never actually happen, but still I wished I would do it.
Then about six months ago, I started putting my first year of posts into a form on WordPerfect that I could play around with. I chipped away at this new project during the Fall and into the holiday season. The more I worked on turning my stories into a book, the more I wanted to go for it. But I was still at a loss as to how to get a book published. About three months ago, as I was surfing around trying to figure out how to do this, I discovered some companies that take on books that obviously WON’T be taken by the mainstream publishing companies. I investigated some of these, and I was able to speak live to a person at the Xlibris company. This sounded like everything I needed. Over the course of a few weeks, I learned more and more, kept working on the book, and all of a sudden I was signing a contract.
Well. That meant deadlines. And thank goodness for those. Even though I was burning the candle at both ends for weeks during this phase, it was because of those deadlines that I worked and worked and worked . . . . and finished. Yep. I finished the book.
All of you know that I am constantly trying to find ways to bring in dollars. I realize that writing a book and selling a book are two different things. But honestly, I am sort of still in shock that I actually accomplished the writing part. I did it. I wrote a book. It still seems weird.
So that’s the announcement. I’m announcing that I wrote a book and that it is for sale. It is a book with the same title as my blog because it IS the first year of my blogging life. It’s a BIG book. When I got my copy in the mail (this week), I was really surprised at how big the book is. It’s hard to know how a book will look and feel until you have it in your hands. I wrote a book. A big, thick one.
My publishing company tells me that in this day and age, you can’t sell a book unless you have a website or a blog. We live in an age which requires that books have homes where people can visit. So I have put a link to my book in my sidebar. This takes a person to the publishing company. They sell the book directly from there - each sale earns me over $4. I am told that the book is also available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble online store - each sale from sellers other than Xlibris earns me $2.
Once again, I'm asking for your help. Would you spread the word? Tweet? Facebook? Share It? As I said, I'm always looking for ways to bring in income. Thanks.
If this book should somehow actually sell, I will absolutely have to do another book someday. During my first year of blogging, I was just discovering all the wonderful people in the blogosphere. I have met SO many additional wonderful people since that first year. There are only a couple of adoptions in the current book. There have been so many more since then. . .
Tomorrow, some updates.