I could scream with the anticipation of publishing my first novel, Sky Stone. Sky Stone is so close to being published after being so long in the works. I may be so nervous that a part of me wants to keep the words from ever being placed before the eyes of the public and yet there's nothing I want more than to share my work. I just want to send the manuscript off as soon as possible so that I can finally hold my book in my hands, smell the scent of newly printed pages, feel the brush of paper flicking beneath my fingers. The feeling is intensified now that I have a completed draft of the cover and the manuscript is with the editors. I feel like there is nothing more I can do until the manuscript is returned. However, I count myself fortunate to be able to accomplish things my own way.
I'm lucky that I have been able to carry out all the work for extremely little money. This was especially important to me as I am a full-time university student earning approximately $100 a week as a freelance social media marketer and desktop publisher. Those skills however, have helped me complete most of the work myself. I have carried out all of my own online marketing, designed my own website using Weebly, and created my own book cover using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. I have barely spent any money and even the editing being currently completed is for free.
How did I get my editing for free? Good question. The answer is: I got lucky. Unable to pay the fees for a professional freelance editor I contacted the Creative Writing school of my university hoping to be put in touch with a new graduate editor who would offer to edit Sky Stone for a small amount. I was ecstatic when I received a reply asking to use Sky Stone as the Advanced Editing student's semester project free of charge! I contacted the department at just the right time. Phew!
Many writers believe that self-publishing is a rather expensive endeavour but it needn't be. If you have a few extra skills, intuition and little luck, you can do it for little expense. Some of those extra skills can be easily learnt using online tutorials or messing around on programs, working out the features. Of course, if you want your novel to hit the top sellers list on Amazon you may need to put in a little more effort. However, if you're like me, and you want to publish your story for yourself, you can afford to be stingy with your money.
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A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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