I just booked a cover reveal with @Lolasblogtours and I am so excited to show you all the final product.
So to catch up: I finished my manuscript on May 11th. I sent it to an editor @poetfida for her to look through the poetry section and give the rest a look. I received amazing feedback, as well as a title from her! We went back and forth a little bit on the edits and I took her words of advice to heart.
I then sent it to a copy editor, @pencitedits, who looked at grammar, pacing, word usage and she too, offered amazing feedback.
Together, these two cost me $500 in edits.
I didn't shop around for a cover design artist. I looked at my fellow poets' books and loved their covers. They got me in touch with Farid Islam through upwork.com. He took my concepts and turned it into something physical.....which you'll see in the next coming weeks!
For now, I am waiting on Createspace to review both the interior and cover changes that I made. Once that is finalized, I can order a proof of the book!! Once I get the proof, I will continue to look for mistakes and offer a few files to "beta readers" to read before the book is out.
My hope is that it comes out on my birthday, July 21st!! I'm looking for a venue to launch this book baby and I will probably be doing that in the next few days while I wait for both the physical proof and cover reveal to take place.
In the meantime, I wish you well on your self publishing journey!