It Takes a Village – “Self” Publishing
Thank you for hosting today, Errin! It’s a pleasure to be here on your blog!
I just want to address some things about “Self” Publishing today. Happily is my third novel, and it is the third one that I’ve self published.
However, I find that the term “Self Published” is a bit of a misnomer, as there are many people beyond just me who contribute to the production of my novels. While it is true that somebody could probably do it all alone, I believe that most good self-published novels are the result of many different people’s efforts.
In the production of Happily, for instance, there were quite a few people with whom I consulted on the project:
One other person was involved in the drafting and planning process.
I did the writing alone, but my wife still had to keep the kids from climbing on me while I worked.
Seven other people worked with me on the editing process.
Three other people worked with me on the typesetting process.
Four other people worked with me on designing the cover art.
Dozens have helped with the marketing efforts by reviewing and spreading the word.
Sure, some of those unnamed other people helped me in a number of those categories, but the point is that this is hardly done by me alone. It’s a collaborative effort of family, friends, amateurs, professionals, and bookish enthusiasts.
And I think that it’s valuable to realize that it’s very rare for one person to pull off something like this without help. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I agree. But it also takes a village to do many other things as well. We all need help in so many ways. We all need and rely on one another. That isn’t just okay—that’s perhaps how it should be.
Day 11 of 13 of Happily’s Release Blog Tour. See the full schedule here.
If the shoe fits, wear it.
If it doesn’t, make it.
Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and survive to tell the tale.
This book is definitely not your average Cinderella retelling, and Laure is definitely NOT Cinderella.
Laure is a feisty street urchin simply trying to survive. She has a no nonsense approach to life and survival and only looks out for herself. And I can’t really blame her. After her fathers death, she has been left alone from a young age, relying on only herself for so many years does tend to make one cynical about life and other people. So when her get rich quick scheme to get herself out of Éclatant for good goes horrible awry she not only ruins her own plans of escape, but accidentally ruins the livelihood of young merchant Luc.
Not her problem right, why should she care? But Luc is intent on doing the right thing and turning her over to the guards. Laure, however, having witnessed the kings decree to search for a mysterious girl who left her glass slipper behind, devises a plan with Luc to claim the slipper, promising to recoup his losses once inside the palace.
But what happens when the slipper is ludicrously large? Go to a neighboring kingdom, find a glass blower and make a fake obviously! What ensures is an fun adventure that is full of laughs and surprisingly unexpected poignant moments. Completed with being chased by bandits and a stint in the royal palace. We see Laure go from a seemingly selfish and cynical character to someone who genuinely comes to care what happens to the kingdom and the people in it. And honestly, it was a joy as I was a bit uncertain how I felt about her in the beginning.
The blossoming friendship between Luc and Laure was beautiful to see unfold and probably my favorite thing. She cared little for him or his misfortune at her hands in the beginning, but watching them spend time together and seeing Laure open up to the possibility that the world wasn’t as crappy a place as she believed, that there was good in the world was lovely to see.
And the end? Loved it! The author definitely had a few tricks up his sleeve there. All I will say is this. Pay attention. 🙂
Admittedly it did initially take me a few chapters to get into the story and to warm up to Laure in particular, but I am glad I persisted for those couple extra pages, otherwise I would definitely have missed out as I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book.