Self-publishing naivety

Write a book she said…


Well no one said it would be easy but I went in completely blind. I had no idea there were so many steps involved. Just to be clear, I’m not finished yet but so far it has not been a piece of cake.

I wrote the story with ease, over the Chirstmas break when I went home to New Zealand for a three month holiday. I had all the time in the world. Once the story was written I thought ‘hmm I could find an illustrator and get this published’. I seriously thought it was going to be as easy as that. Off I went with my holiday-mode, relaxed mindset, eager to make this a reality.


I did hours, days and weeks of research… because of course I had all the time in the world. I discovered that self publishing was the way to go to ensure I had full control over my very first book. I found an illustrator I was 110% confident with and basically handed over the responsibility for a few months.


Next step was sending it to a printing house to make books right? Wrong.


An editor... I’d heard of it but is it a must?

My partner, my best friend, my mum… does that count?


A book designer… to be honest I thought the printing house would have this part covered

Annabelle came to the rescue and we get started in just three days time!


Illustration scanning, duh of course but no one tells you these things. You just stumble across them as you go along.

Illustrations are currently being put through the machine and I pick them up tomorrow.


Printing house. Which one?  Where?

Inside paper weight? 70lb text… What does that mean?  

I feel super under qualified to be making these decisions.  I was totally naïve thinking this would be an easy ride but I’m thankful to everyone who has put their hand up to help me out. I definitely don’t have ‘all the time in the world’ anymore. Working full time as a teacher in one of the busiest, most tiring cities in the world leaves little time for book production.


Like the people say; if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I guess that’s what separates me from the rest. I’ll keep going until it’s done and then I might even do it again.