Why did you decide to self-publish?
I think I sort of woke up one day and just felt so sick of not being a writer. It’s so easy to coddle a dream like this one and to simply save it for the future. That is what I was doing. As long as it was there on the horizon I had something to look forward to. One day it stopped being enough, and when it stopped being enough I grew very impatient very quickly. I simply decided that I was just going to do it, and I did it all on my own steam simply because I wasn’t prepared to sit back and wait for someone to accept or “discover” me. I wanted to be in charge and I very much like that I am. I am not closed off to conventional publishing, but I am certainly happy that I have done it this way. I have learnt so much in a very short space of time and can honestly say that I am rather proud of myself for managing to cope.
How did you decide where to publish?
A friend suggested that I use a company called Bookbaby so I did. They send your ebook to four different websites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony and iBookstore) for you and then collect your earnings so that all your money comes from one place. They do charge an initial fee to sort it all out for you but then pay you 100% of your royalties. I’m not sure it’s the best way to go but I did like the idea of having it all done for me. I am considering going through Lulu and Smashwords at a later stage as well. The royalties work differently but I imagine it can’t hurt to have your book in as many different places as possible. I just need to
do a little more homework before I do.
What is involved in publishing an ebook?
Not much really. It’s relatively simple – especially if you only want to publish with Kindle. It’s pretty straightforward if you just follow the instructions. Like I said before, I went through Bookbaby, so they did all that work for me. I did find them a little frustrating to work with though. I was constantly hearing from different people – I much prefer to develop a relationship with ONE person – and often my email queries didn’t get answered at all. It did all work out in the end, so I’m not unhappy that I went with them.
Is it really as easy as everyone says it is?
I think it is all a little over simplified. It’s not like you can put out an ebook and then expect a ton of sales. The marketing is hard work and a lot of it (ok all of it!) depends on you. I think for many writers it can be difficult because as fun as marketing can be, sometimes you just want to get back to your writing and shut out the rest of the world. Unfortunately shutting your door on the world means that you’re shutting away your readers. And without them you can’t really afford to shut yourself away. It’s a big balancing act. Putting
out a Kindle edition of your book it only a tiny step out of a very long journey.
What is your favourite thing about publishing your own books?
I do like feeling in control (uh-oh) and I love that (for now) no one really gets to tell me what to do. And I also love being out there and promoting myself. Being in the middle of people’s reactions to my work has been so good for me. Sometimes it’s nice to know that people take you seriously because the idea of not being taken seriously can be a crippling fear at times. I have met so many new people and even made some wonderful friends. It’s been great. I love hearing from people and try hard to respond to anyone who takes the time to say hi.
What is your least favourite thing about publishing your own books?
As empowering as it may feel to take your own destiny into your hands, sometimes it can be VERY scary. I have put all of my own money into this. My own resources. My time. My heart. My soul. It can be very hard to ignore that deceitful little voice that says what if this doesn’t work. Sometimes I have to remind myself: If it doesn’t work, I will simply pay off a small loan for the next four years. The world will not come to an end. I don’t like that I had to borrow money to do this, but hopefully next time I won’t have to. If I keep looking
forward, the shaky state of my present will soon come to an end, and I know that whatever the outcome, the journey will have been worth it.
About Nadine Rose Larter:
My name is Nadine Rose Larter and I was born in a small South African town called Molteno, somewhere in the heart of the Karoo. After my last year of high school I moved with my family to the city of Port Elizabeth where I now live with my son, my fiancé, and my two step children. I’m a bit of a free-spirit and have never been happy having a “day job”. I spend my days writing, or thinking about writing. Sometimes I do a bit of work.
I have always been a writer. I started writing poems and short stories when I was little, and I have intermittently kept diaries since I was about nine years old. In the last two years I have started taking my writing more seriously and have made the decision to become a full-time author. I have no formal education, aside from a year of Literature and Creative Writing study, but I am constantly trying to grow as a writer. Sometimes being a wife and mom makes fitting it all in a little tough but I am learning how to juggle it all slowly.