written by Missy B. Salick
published by J.J. Autumn Publishing
About the book: On the same night that twenty four-year-old Jordyn Sims has a miscarriage, her sister-in-law Tori Sims conceives a child. Nine months later, Tori, a long term heroin addict, abandons her two-hour-old drug addicted newborn Jeremiah, in a hospital stairwell. Jordyn receives the news and pursues foster adoption. However, Oscar, Tori’s possessive drug-addicted boyfriend, is not about to give Jeremiah up so easily. While in confrontation with Tori and Oscar, Jordyn seeks help from the Administration of Children Services (ACS), only to discover she is faced with a maze of departments, regulations, legalities and overworked social workers. Jordyn, however, remains strong and continues to push through the uphill battle, even after she discovers she’s pregnant.
My journey of self publishing my 1st book.
Looking back on my journey there are plenty of things I would have done differently, however, I am so proud of myself. I set out to write a book and even though it was tough, I cried, thought about quitting, had several panic attacks, I can say I finished. And the best part is I have the product to show for it.
- I wrote my first draft within six months and had it professionally edited.
- After learning a few tips and feeling as though something was missing, I walked away for about a year.
- The next year I picked it up again with fresh eyes and instantly knew what was missing. As I begun writing, the characters took a life of its own and within three months I had a brand new manuscript.
- The next editing phase took about three to six months. (The manuscript was complete, but it was time to dive in and do the dirty work of editing).
- In between the editing phase I worked on the book design.
- Once the editing phase and book design was complete, it was time for the interior design for Kindle, Smashwords and Print (format) (typography, body text, decorative accents and more).
- Since words can shift during the design phase, the next step was to hire a proofreader.
- While my baby was getting proofread, I begun creating lists for who to send my advance copies too; creating a social media plan and marketing strategy; setting up my publishing company (i.e., business account, logo, name, ISBN, etc).
- Compare and research setting a price for your book.
- The proofread was complete it was time to upload to online retailers such as: Amazon, Smashwords, B&N and Google.
If only that was the last step. When you decide to self-publish online and in print, the work has just begun for you.
- Next step was to find a printer that wouldn’t charge me $12.00 per book to print. I finally found one within my budget and sent them my files. Within 3 days I received my baby. She weighed eight pounds, even (there were about ten books per box). Never had my hard work paid off and meant so much to me.
- After spending countless hours looking at her I snapped back into reality and the separation anxiety quickly shifted to – it is time to sale you now!
About the author: Missy B. Salick is a writer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Literary and Start-up Business Consultant. When she’s not writing or promoting foster adoption, Missy can be found volunteering at Junior Achievement, being a Big Sister and counseling young girls through the iJournalNow Project or helping to save the Polar Bears with WWF.