One of the things I noticed when I first began researching how to self-publish was how difficult it was to find information - real information that would help me to economically accomplish my dream. The biggest set back I had was my lack of money to back my new endeavor.
When you make the decision to self-publish there are a lot of items you should have on your list for your book: an editor, a cover, a formatter, swag for giveaways, teasers, etc. A few of the largest issues with all of these things is knowing who is good at their job and finding someone that is not going to charge you an arm and a leg. I mean, as an author we don't make a ton of money and in so many cases you're not going to make back what you put into those books - especially, if you spend a lot for the items in the above list.
So, here I am with a bunch of skills that have been honed over 15+ years as a technical writer, as an artist, and, now, a published author. I also need to make some money to fund future books and my "poor college student" (as my daughter calls herself). Which is why I'm putting myself out there to help all of you - I'm going to offer my services for a minimal fee for cover design, teaser creation, book formatting for eBook and print, and swag.
If you're interested in further information, email me at JosetteReuel@gmail.com.
**I have personally created each and every one of my own covers. I have formatted all of my own eBook and Print books. I have created my own teaser graphics. I created my own swag items. I've also done a few covers, teasers, and swag items for a few author friends. **
See examples of my covers and teasers on my Facebook author page, Josette Reuel, Author.
See swag and other creative items on my Craft Facebook page, Evanlea's Crafty Side.
While scrolling through Facebook I saw a fellow author share the following post with a list of 25 things she had accomplished this past year. It got me thinking about my own 25 positive memories and accomplishments.
Today is the day. It's the day to sit down with a blank piece of paper and write out 25 things you accomplished in 2017.
Here are my 25 things in no particular order...
#1. Started the year off with my family.
#2. Started taking my health seriously (again).
#3. Had many wonderful dinners out with Mr. Reuel.
#4. Movie Dates with the Kids.
#5. Published "A Second Life As A Bear: Dásreach Council Novel 3.5
#6. Sponsored and Attended Blue Water Author Event
#7. Attended Books in Bourbon County Author Event
#8. Attended Ignite Your Soul Author Event
#9. Attended Arch City Author Event
#10. Attended Glass City Author Event
#11. Published "Fated Summer" in the Summer Fantasy Flings Anthology
#12. A successful county fair with the kids - daughter's last year of 4-H.
#13. Watching my daughter succeed in college (she will graduate in 2018 with her associates in Baking and Pastry Arts) -- I get to claim this as an accomplishment because I wake her up each morning.
#14. Watching my son grow into a stronger and more confident young man.
#15. Working with my amazing PA, Jennifer "Rebelle" Alvarez, to publicize and share my work.
#16. Competed in the Marion Popcorn Festival Ms. competition and won 1st Runner Up.
#17. Represented my community as part of the Ms. Marion Popcorn Festival and sharing it with my daughter who was Miss Marion Popcorn Festival 1st Runner Up.
#18. Found and supported several entrepreneurs in home sales businesses: LuLaRoe, Jamberry, Pink Zebra, and Thirty-One.
#19. Helped to build my first parade float for the Marion Christmas Parade.
#20. Joined and wrote my submission for the "My Fated Valentine" Anthology to release 2018.
#21. Wrote over 50,000 words in November and won NaNoWriMo for the third year!
#22. Published "Wolves for the Holiday 1.3"
#23. Published "Mistletoe Magic"
#24. Published "Creative Magic"
#25. Made new friends and connections that will make next year amazing.
This year has been extremely busy with book signings, writing and publishing new releases, family activities, and so much more. During 2017 I proud of the time we have spent putting our family first as well as my focus on trying to improve my writing. Not to mention, stepping way out of my comfort zone and participating in the Marion Popcorn Pageant! It's been amazing and I've made so many wonderful memories that will encourage me during the years to come.
Josette Reuel is an avid reader of many different genres - her passion is mostly Sci-fi and Paranormal, especially Romance, but she also read's contemporaries, historicals, and much more.
I'm always pretending that I'm sitting across from somebody. I'm telling them a story, and I don't want them to get up until it's finished.