Well readers….as promised….part one of Jennifer Layton’s guest blog on publishing her book….enjoy! Tune in tomorrow for part two and more juicy details….
How to Deliver Your Own Baby
(In other words, how to self-publish your own book)
by Jennifer Layton
Before we get started, let me share a blog entry. This is what I posted on the evening of October 17, 2008:
I did not expect to have a baby tonight. But at 5:30pm, I stopped by the post office after work, and Trap Door Confessional was in my arms. She is perfect. And this is where the baby analogy ends because I’m about to talk about putting it up for sale on the internet, and that’s kinda creepy.
Trap Door Confessional is my collection of humor essays about being single, turning 40, and just exactly how weird I am. It really is my baby. Since I’ve decided I don’t want to have actual children, this is my offering to the world – the spirit that I’m going to leave behind as my legacy.
And just like having an actual baby, it was a decision I made with my heart instead of my head. I figured it would be expensive. I didn’t really know how to go about it, and there are no books or classes that can prepare you for every single thing that can go wrong. But I knew it was right. And even though it wasn’t going to be Pulitzer material, I was meant to share my story with the world. (Even if the world was a little put off by my insistence on referring to Pope Benedict as “Pope Benny and the Jets.” I blame my Catholic upbringing for the strangest stuff in my book.)
Now that my book is published and for sale at Amazon (Order now! Makes a great stocking stuffer!), it’s time to sit back, sort through the aftermath, and figure out just how I managed to do this in the first place. Continue reading Jennifer Layton: Publishing Your Book, Part I