I’ve finally fulfilled a childhood dream. Hope you enjoy it!
I intend to self-publish a novella in 2018.
The tentative title is ‘Incompatible.’ It’s a historical romance.
I’ll be documenting my journey, while also providing tips on self-publishing.
Note: The information provided is applicable to Canadian authors.
Step 1: The First Edit
I printed out my draft and started editing.
Scheduling when I was supposed to finish each chapter was immensely helpful with staying on track. Refer to 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing, Revised Edition: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Self-Publishing‘s checklist (pg. 31) to help you plan the entire self-publishing process.
I also regularly attended writing groups to ensure that I worked frequently.
Step 2: Hire an Editor
For tax/legal purposes, I used the contract template available at Editors Canada to formalize the terms with my editor.
Step 3: Get the ISBN
In Canada, the ISBN can be obtained for free via Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
You must create an ISBN Canada account. The publisher name, address, email and phone number you provide will become publicly available online. For privacy/business purposes, consider registering with a business name and/or getting a postal box. You can rent a postal box at Canada Post, UPS, or elsewhere.
Try and register with LAC as early as you can, because processing your account will take 1-2 weeks. You don’t need to have an officially registered business name to use it as your publisher’s name.
Once you get your login information, you can sign in and obtain an ISBN for your work. Note that the hardcopy and ebook version of your book will need their own ISBNs for keeping track of sales.
An ISBN can also be obtained via Amazon, if you publish with them, but I decided on registering my work through LAC.
You can also view my tutorial on how to sign up as a publisher:
I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) in downtown Brampton. This festival provided an outlet for readers, authors and publishers to connect with one another and promote diverse Canadian literature.
Some panels focused on the writing and publishing process. Other panels discussed the current state of the publishing industry and the issues surrounding it. It was an engaging and enlightening experience. It has inspired me to seek out and support diverse Canadian authors.
A huge congratulations to Jael Richardson, the other organizers and volunteers who made the FOLD possible. The festival has come at a time when diversity has come to the forefront of issues in literature. Providing a Canadian outlet has contributed to addressing the issue of diversity in fiction.
I look forward to attending the next FOLD.
See above for the photos I took at the FOLD. I also took photos of Brampton and art housed in the Peel Art Gallery Museum.
My book haul included the following:
Scribbler & Scholar
A Queer Canadian Book Blog: News and Reviews of Queer Canadian Writers and Books
Literary, library, and the like
The future of Librarianship starts today!
Navigating Legal Resources - Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
Helping writers connect with readers
The publisher of choice for the information professions worldwide
Corporate Collaboration Evangelist & Librarian
A directory of collections that document diversity through history