What happen's after you sign with a Publisher?
So I just signed a contract with a publishing house, now what? I thought this post would be helpful for those who are new to the publishing world or who are looking for a agent/publisher. I am by no means the authority on the matter but having just signed my first contract January 15th of this year I thought I would share my own experience with you.
Once the contract is signed, fireworks are lit and the parade rolls through, the work is just beginning. I know that's not what you want to hear but trust me it's the best kind of work if you're serious about your writing career. Below are the steps that I have been through so far. I have been blessed with an amazing publisher in Limitless Publishing, that has guided me every step of the way and I cannot say enough about the staff.
1) Cover: I had no idea the amount of research and study that goes into covers and hitting the right combination of coloring, model poses, and intrigue. Also the cover has to be geared toward your intended audience because that one look by a potential reader could be the only chance you get to hook them.
2) Editing: We are writers and I'll be the first to admit capable of making many... many... many mistakes. The editor goes through and sends you corrections. Some corrections are obvious others you have to talk about and decide the best fit in word choice.
3) Formatting: Another piece of the puzzle I hadn't thought about. When the book is done being edited it has to go to a formatter who adjusts it from whatever writing program you used like Microsoft Word, to fit into the online/digital version like kindle or nook, correctly.
4) Interviews: Questions are sent over in preparation for your book's release that you have to fill out and return.
5) Virtual Book/Blog Tours: Scheduled to promote your book, build awareness and even give you reviews.
6) Paper copy: Formatting for actual paper copy and in some cases a new cover.
7) Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Blogs, Amazon Author page all need to be monitored. This will seem less and less like work as you get to answer fan mail and connect with some really great writers and readers.
8) Keep Writing: For goodness sake you have to write the sequel people want to know what happens!