One of my new year resolutions is to get my book published, whether that’s through a traditional publisher or by self-publishing is yet to be seen. I’ve been working on “Does it wet the bed?” for the best part of five years, on and off, and I’m determined to get it “out there” this year.
I decided that one of my first tasks of the new year would be to get a front cover designed. Having used 99designs.com to come up with the Flyinglady logo, I decided to run another design contest for my book. The site is fairly simple to use in that you post a brief of what you want and then the designers submit their ideas. Each design can be rated and you can chat directly to the designers, giving them feedback on their work and asking them to tweak certain aspects the designs. The contest runs for a week, at which point you award a winner.
My brief was very brief. Literally. I had no idea what I wanted so I pretty much gave the designers free reign to be creative. I provided them with the chapter of the book which gave the title context; I asked for the “it” to be emphasised and that was it, the rest was up to them.
As the designs started coming in, I soon realised what I didn’t want! Some of the designs were very simplistic and failed to convey anything about the book. Other designs gave the wrong message completely. But from the start of the process, one designer stood out. His designs were simple, clear and sophisticated. I knew they would appeal to my target audience, which was forefront in my mind. I gave him lots of feedback on what I liked and what I didn’t and he was open to my many suggestions! Eventually, he gave me a design which I absolutely loved. I really hope that it will appeal to as well as intrigue my readers.
It’s another step closer to fulfilling my new year’s resolution but there’s still a lot to do before “Does it wet the bed?” can finally be published. I am in the process of tidying up the manuscript before handing it over to a professional editor and I am also researching self-publishing options. It is very difficult these days to attract the attention of a good literary agent, let alone a good publisher. The process can take years, if you’re lucky enough to secure a deal, and having already invested so much time into the book, I just want to get it out there for people, hopefully, to enjoy!
So I’ve decided and am determined that 2015 will be the year that it finally happens!