This tenth post in My Weird Indie Publishing Project is a checklist I created so I could choose — from all the steps I must take from draft to launch — what I wanted to do based on how I felt at the time.
Steps from Draft to Launch
_____ MS (manuscript) personally edited several times
_____MS professionally edited
_____ Personally edited editor’s edits (revised edited MS)
_____ “freebie” for back matter (1st chapter next book?) created
_____ freebie edited
_____ book cover commissioned and created (2-3 weeks before launch)
_____ metadata created:
- categories selected
- title created
- book description written
- ISBN/ copyright page created
_____ MS content finished (front matter and back matter added)
- excerpt from next book
- contact info
- call to action
_____chapter titles finalized
_____Table of Contents created
_____ book formatted for multiple venues
_____ landing page created
_____ author page created
_____ new blog created?
_____ signed up for email handler linked to landing page
_____ 1 – 7 days publish on selected venue (s)
How I set Up My Timeline
1. I chose an arbitrary date to launch my book while I was still writing the draft.
2. Based on personal experience or best guess, I assigned an amount of time to get each task done.
3. Working backwards from my launch date, I assigned start/complete dates for each task. Note that some tasks can overlap — can happen between the same two dates.
My Progress Update
Since I began in July, Book 1 of the Burnout to Bliss series has been written, professionally edited, and I have edited the editor’s edits. Just processing the editor’s edits — which, sadly, came all at once — took several weeks!
Now I’m working away at all the publishing details from draft to launch — many of which are new to me (ugh: more learning hard stuff!). I’m also considering launch alternatives for a series that will be written in time as opposed to already written, sitting like a deck of cards waiting to be dealt.
I still intend to launch before Christmas! (Why? because I’m hoping my book will read by all those who are usually depressed and miserable during such holidays.)
Your Turn, Indies!
What steps are missing from the draft to launch checklist? What can you share?
“Till next time, please be kind to everyone you met, for we all have our hidden sorrows.” ~Tzaddi