Publishing is a lifelong learning journey and in the past few months I’ve certainly had an education. Now that my manuscript has been typeset, the cover artwork has been uploaded, the publication details have been added and the book made available for pre-order, I’ve been busy behind the scenes gearing up for launch day. Essentially what that means is, I’ve been doing research on book bloggers and reaching out to ARC reviewers.

I made ARC copies using Calibre, which was straightforward; an important aspect for me, as I’m not the most confident person when it comes to technology. Having copies available in Mobi, ePub and PDF was important, as each reviewer so far has had a different preference for what type of file they prefer. Calibre was user-friendly when it came to uploading my original doc X manuscript, ready for conversion.

Extra proof copies for ARCs

Of course, I also bought extra proof copies to send to book bloggers who prefer physical copies. Apart from the ‘Not for Resale’ watermark and barcode on the back instead of ISBN, they give a good idea of how the book will look once published.

There’s not too much more to be said for now on the process, as my reviewers are still reading. With 2 months to go until launch day, there’s not a huge rush. I’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, look out for a forthcoming blog post on costs involved so far on my publishing journey.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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