Monday, May 7, 2012

Don’t make rookie mistakes. Learn from an insider! Go Publish Yourself by Katie Salidas VBT Pit Stop May 7

Self-Publishing made simple. Get your polished novel ready for Kindle, Nook, or Print in thirty days or less.

Avoid the common stumbling blocks and get on the road to successful self-publishing. This handy dandy guide, filled with insider’s tips and tricks, will unscramble the world of self-publishing into simple, easy-to-follow steps. 

What’s in the book?
Common Misconceptions
The Business of Self-Publishing
Basic Costs & Budgeting
Publishing Formats: Epub, Kindle, Smashwords, & Print
Cover Art
Interior Layout
Printing and Distribution
Marketing Basics: Platform Building, Book Signings, Blog Tours, etc.

And much more!

Don’t make rookie mistakes. Learn from an insider!
Katie Salidas is an author with several successful self-published titles. Each of her titles was created in the DIY (Do It Yourself) style, without the aid of author service companies. Through trial and error she has gained the knowhow to successfully publish print and ebooks. Go Publish Yourself! has that knowledge assembled into an easy-to-use format, packed with no-nonsense tips and quick and dirty tricks, so you can take your novel to the next level.

So, what are you waiting for? Go Publish Yourself!

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.
 And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…
Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.


Managing writing, marketing, & blogging with a new baby in the house.

Let’s just call this sleep deprivation 101.
I’m really not the one to ask because I have yet to figure out how to juggle working at home with a newborn. And as I am learning, trying to do it all with a newborn is tough. It’s funny, but I just posted a few days ago on Facebook that I haven’t written anything substantial since my boy was born. Blogging and marketing have taken up what little free time I have left. I just don’t have the brain power left to string together coherent sentences. I fear my next novel might read something like those “See Spot Run,” books. LoL.
But since I was asked to write about how I do (or don’t) make it work. Here’s a little insight into a day in the life of a Write at Home Mom.

My day goes a little something like this:
6:00 AM - Baby boy is up, but I’m not ready to start the day. We attempt to nurse in bed and sleep for a little bit longer.
7:00 AM – Alarm starts going off. I can’t ignore the call of the morning, though I really want to! Time to get The Girl up and ready for school, make breakfast, pack a lunch, feed The Boy again, and attempt to get dressed somewhere in between.
9:00 AM – The Girl is off to school, The Boy is starting to look like he might take a morning nap. Time to get some social networking done, and maybe throw in a load of laundry.
9:30 AM – Damn that nap was short. “C’mon baby, momma was just getting started. Oh well, let’s pull out the toys and play.”
12:00 PM – Grab a quick bite to eat while The Boy is sleeping next to me on his play mat. Yes, I regularly picnic on the living room floor next to my sleeping baby. Napping in a crib, in his own room… Nope, we’re not that cool. We sleep wherever he wants to sleep at this point.
12:30 PM – Really, only a half hour nap? Guess I’m not getting much done today. Oh well, more play time with the cute little baby. Hey let’s play “help mommy fold some laundry,” and Dance around the living room while sweeping the floor. I’m lucky if I get even the smallest amount of cleaning done. My house is such a mess. Let’s just say, I won’t be hosting any dinner parties anytime soon.
1:30 PM – Nap time. Quick! Grab the computer and answer some emails before The Boy wakes up again.
2:00 PM – The Boy is up again. I wonder if I put Baby Einstein on if I might get at least 30 more minutes of work done? Hmmmm. Probably not, but we’ll try.
2:30 PM – I think I’m more glued to the TV than The Boy. There is something hypnotic about those darn movies! Let’s play it again.
3:00 PM – Where did the time go? Let’s pack up in the stroller and walk to get The Girl from school.
9:00 PM -  Dinner, dishes, homework, bath, and bedtime are all done. Both of the munchkins are sleeping. I really want to lay down too, but I know I should do something productive. Do I dare attempt a shower, or jump right in and get some work and writing done?
12:00 AM – The Boy wakes up for a midnight snack.  I realize how fast time does fly, and after writing one blog post, I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything. I better get some sleep though, the night is fading away and I’ve got another full day ahead of me.
3:00 AM – Middle of the night baby wake up time… Mommy says “Just let me sleep 5 more minutes, baby.”
6:00 AM – The Boy is awake… Time to start a new day… “Where’s my coffee?”

It’s so funny how quickly the day disappears when a cute little baby occupies your day. That little smile and those squeaky giggles are worth getting behind on your work and enduring the sleepless nights. At some point though, work does need to get done. And I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually… Maybe when The Boy is in college. LoL!

You can find Go Publish Yourself and all of Katie's books on Amazon.

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