Okay, so a few blog posts ago, I was trying to sort out where I was going to publish my books. I had settled on Amazon and Kobo because they were both apps I was really comfortable using as a reader. And in the case of Kobo, because I have a device of my own that I love.
My plan was to use Draft2Digital to distribute to Nook and iTunes, however, two weeks ago I changed my mind. There are a couple of reasons for this. At first, I found the prospect of getting an EIN intimidating. The forms, the calling the IRS, etc. You still have to go through this process with Draft2Digital but I think I tricked myself into believing it would be easier than loading my books onto iTunes directly. But once I launched my books, I realized it made so much sense to have them available on iTunes—especially since virtually everyone in my family has an iPhone and there are millions of iPhones and they come with iBooks preinstalled as an app. So I decided to make having my books available on iTunes a priority.
For those of you who don't know, I recently launched a tiny, independent publishing company as well as published three books which can be found on my Books page. (They can also be found on the company website).
My company is called Spirit & Intent and there are a lot of things we hope to do over next year in addition to publishing books. In the meantime, I'm so happy we can finally share things like our logo and website. We've honestly been working on them for over a year now.
But even though we've launched and had this really wonderful article shared about us, there is still a lot of work to do. For the first time in my life, I'm essentially running a business and because of that there is a lot of planning I have to do to help the company to keep growing in a positive manner.
It’s finally happened! Two of my books are available for purchase today! They both appear on the brand new Books section of my website. There are previews there as well. The first one, Spirit & Intent: A Collection of Short Stories & Other Writings, is a collection of illustrated short stories that I worked on with my sister, Alyssa. Alyssa is an awesomely talented artist and she’s been illustrating my work for years. It means a lot to me to finally be able to share our project. The art from the book will be available as prints on our website in a week or so. I love the paintings she did and how they took shape the more we researched and talked about the stories. At least half of the stories and writings in the collection focus on Jikonsaseh, a woman from the Story of the Peacemaker and also, a Haudenosuanee clanmother title.
I am this close *squeezes fingers* to publishing two of my books. And while I'm happily immersed in writing my next book, The Wall of Bones, I'm doing a lot of reading and decision-making about when and where I will be publishing. But even though I'm doing all of this reading and research, I still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing and since I can't hold onto these books forever, this is what I plan to do and I'll just see how things go and if there's any changes I have to make in the future, I'll make them.