Special Guest Star Week: Author Lindsay Edmunds

13 Apr

Last week I had an idea. (Dangerous, I know.) There’d been a lot of Me, Me, Me thanks to Mousetrapped’s birthday week (I know it’s my blog, but still) but yet everyone seemed pretty interested in e-books. So why not get some other self-published e-book authors to talk about their experiences, their books and their success? A few e-mails and it was all arranged: an e-book themed Special Guest Star week. Today our guest poster is Lindsay Edmunds. Welcome to Catherine, Caffeinated, Lindsay!

On February 25, 2011, Cel & Anna went up for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in print and ebook editions. It was a proud day.

I took the first steps on the long and winding road to February 25, 2011, a few years ago when I started querying agents. Like any first-time novelist, I had big dreams. These dreams got a boost when I found an agent within a few weeks.  She loved the book except for a flaw in the middle.

Correcting this flaw cost about 10,000 words and required a top-down rewrite.

Eventually the agent submitted the manuscript to editors at several top houses. They turned it down. Careful reading of their comments revealed a second, critical flaw. Fixing critical flaw #2 required another top-down rewrite.

After I made this second fix, I recontacted the agent, who wanted to offer manuscript to a very small publishing house (about the size of the publisher’s garage, I think). I did not see this as an opportunity.

For the first time, I started to think about self-publishing.

The agent and I parted ways. It was an amicable parting, for she did the novel a lot of good. If I had self-published without feedback from her and the publishing house editors, Cel & Anna would have been a poor shadow of itself.

In spring 2010, I contacted several other agents. This time the doors were closed. Most agents didn’t even bother to send a form rejection letter.

By summer 2010, I was on my way. I decided to publish a print edition through Createspace and ebook editions through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

I downloaded Build Your Book by Walton Mendelson, a very good 98-page guide that Mr Mendelson offers free to Createspace members. Like a homeowner who, knowing how to use a few simple tools, decides to build an addition to her house, I started the work of formatting the paperback edition of Cel & Anna.

There was a learning curve. There were more learning curves to come.

I did get help along the way. The book had a excellent copy editor, Jill Groce. Dave Hunter of Dave Hunter Graphic Design created the cover. The ebook editions available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble were formatted by a pro: Ted Risk of Dellaster Design.

During the long trek, I was reduced to tears only once. Not coincidentally, it was when I was ready to give up on something.

The Smashwords upload kept going wrong. (You can read the details here and here.) What kept me going was stubbornness. I had never before fought Word and lost. I would not lose a fight involving the most important Word document I had ever created. I did win in the end.

The early reviews have been what every writer hopes for. Readers like this novel. They gave their time—everyone’s most precious commodity—to read Cel & Anna and thought their time was well spent.

An Amazon reviewer wrote: “Ms. Edmunds has conjured up a believable tale of romance and technology that transports the reader in much the same way Star Wars transports its viewers.” What a compliment.

For me writing is vocational—no better and no worse than other people’s sense of vocation. As I worked on Cel & Anna, I had the sense I was working on my life.

Cel & Anna: A 22nd Century Love Story is about what happens when a guy and a computer both fall in love with a girl. It contains technology, romance, magic, datastorms, buggy software, Intelligent cars, and (all too briefly) a highly caffeinated brand of coffee named Bob’s Wide Awake. It is available in both print and ebook editions from these sellers.

To read part of the story, see a list of characters, and find out some facts about the book, go to celandanna.com.

To see what I blog about, go to writersrest.com.

Thanks Lindsay! And I have to say I LOVE the sound of Bob’s Wide Awake…

7 Responses to “Special Guest Star Week: Author Lindsay Edmunds”

  1. Lindsay Edmunds April 13, 2011 at 13:52 #

    I found out when I was working on Cel & Anna that I really enjoy making up names for things!

  2. Lindsay, are you planning on doing any marketing? I’m interested to know how your launch has gone since you published your book so recently.

    Congrats on the launch, and best of luck with everything!

  3. Lindsay Edmunds April 13, 2011 at 15:39 #

    Thank you for the kind words. Marketing is under way via Twitter, blog, Goodreads, Kindleboards, and Facebook. This is a learning process and will go on for some tgime.

  4. Susan Dormady Eisenberg April 13, 2011 at 15:59 #

    Congratulations on all your success so far!

  5. Lindsay Edmunds April 13, 2011 at 16:05 #

    I still am on board with the metaphor of traveling the countryside with one horse, doing the summer racing circuit. See my blog this week: http://writersrest.com/

  6. Mareike Adam April 13, 2011 at 17:28 #

    Congrats on the launch and best of luck! We are glad to see Lindsay and “Cel & Anna” on XinXii, too (http://www.xinxii.com/en/cel-anna-22nd-century-love-story-p-326681.html). Regards from Germany, Mareike | XinXii-Team

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