So. I’ve written a book and I want to get all 400+ pages of it published. Well, I should be clear: it will be published because I’ve paid one of those online self-publishing companies to do so. The question is, how will I move those babies out of the garage and into the wide world? I am such a neophyte at this that I actually thought of Oprah until I realized 1) she wasn’t doing her book club anymore, and 2) the chances of her picking my book would’ve been slim to none anyway. So let’s get realistic.
The online self-publishing company (OK, it’s IUniverse) is asking me for a mere twelve meta tags so people can find my volume online. Sounds so easy. But have you Googled “Pierce” anytime lately? There are more than 38,000,000 hits for that. That’s 38 million. Now, how is my needle ever going to be found in that haystack?
So I went to see a woman who specializes in figuring out effective meta tags. After an hour and a half, she told me that my subject was so broad and all-encompassing that it was going to be up to me to get my book out into the world myself (c’mon Oprah, one more season?).
This is such a daunting task it makes me feel queasy just thinking about it. I’m so bad at soliciting for things, asking favors, seeing if my neighbors have extra room in their yard waste barrel; I can’t even bring myself to ask for stuff for our zendo’s annual silent auction. But I want more than my family, my friends, my book club and my bridge group to read this. I don’t want a pity read; I want an anonymous reader, an out-of-the-blue reader. I want it to stand on its own merits.
What it’s about I’ll tell you in my next post. I’m just too exhausted from creating my own header to write anymore.