So here’s the latest iteration of the cover for my next book Reliance. I’m just playing with things right now as we head into the next stretch of the process. My editor is returning the book to me to start the process of working through his edit. I’m hoping to have the book ready to go out to my Beta readers before the end of the month. So far we’re still on target for the release, December first.
If you have any comments on the cover, please share them. If you don’t like it or if you do, comment on this post and let me know. The .png format does make it come across as a little fuzzy, the actual file is much sharper.
I can safely say my experience with Reedsy has been top notch, I’m super happy with the editor I found through their site’s work and I’m hoping we can continue to work together for many books to come. I must admit I’m thinking of hiring a publicist through them to help me launch Reliance in proper style.
Which of course brings me to the investment part of being an independent author.
Sabot Productions Inc. is the publisher of my books and yes I am the owner. Being incorporated isn’t for everybody. A lot of people make the mistake of living out of their corporate account. Accountants hate this, it makes it very hard to track your earnings and expenditures. One of the main reasons I incorporated is it’s a lot easier to file for your tax exemptions if you have a business number. The main reason however is being a corporation allows you to write off most of the expenditures associated with self publishing your book or books. Because when you are the publisher, you realize very quickly how a number of costs add up as you try to produce your best work every time you release a new book. Being able to write a chink of those costs off against your earnings allows you to approach your break even point a lot faster. We can all talk about how we’re in it for the art but let’s be honest, money is how you keep score and being in the black means you’re winning, maybe not by a lot but you’re still ahead of the game.
So far incorporation has been nothing but a positive. It allows me to invest in my writing and know there will be a return on that investment.