I’m so very lucky, Gentle Reader, to have a killer team behind me when I self publish a new book.
I don’t talk about them much, and frankly the most they tend to get is a nod in the acknowledgements. I thought, perhaps, I would share a little insider trading on some of these fabulous people so you could appreciate them too.
In case you wanted true nitty gritty, here’s a 2018 article: How Much Money Does It Cost To Publish A Book? that is pretty accurate. I pay a bit more for some editing stuff because of my historical setting (any time your editing needs require specialized knowledge you’ll be paying more).
I’ve used a number of different cover model photographers over the years, but whenever I can, I go to Evan Butterfield. (Do yourself a favor and check out his site. No, really, I’ll wait.)
When I say “my cover photographer” I’m generally talking about Evan, because I feel very personally connected to him (and his models).
Here is a picture of Quinn, the cover model for The Sumage Solution, holding The Sumage Solution ARC at a recent shoot. This is taken by Evan. How awesome is that? It’s the meta-ist of meta.
Who’s a lucky authorbeast? ME!
How’d I find Evan?
Evan and I (virtually) met because of The Airship Ambassador (a dear friend of mine via the Steampunk community). I pinged Evan to use his photo for Curious Case, and the rest, as they say, is history.
My Cover Art Designer
How’d I find Starla?
Via the podcasting world. Below is my favorite of her covers (aside from my own, of course):
I now use Kelley of Sleepy Fox Studio
Check out here readymades, they are amazing.
My Developmental Editor
Sue Brown-Moore is my developmental editor. DE is basically the same kind of editor as my acquiring editor at a traditional publishing house. I chose Sue because her specialty is romance and my novellas tend to lean that direction. I wanted someone who would have that focus. She’s extremely helpful and I find if she and my beta’s agree on anything, then it must be altered in the story.
How’d I find Sue?
My Copy Editor
I use Richard Shealy (of SF/F Copyediting) for my SF/F copy editing. He edits for traditional publishing houses but also freelances. He specializes in SF/F but that specifically made me want to use him for my more romance-focused books because I’ve found CE’s catch more if they aren’t invested in the story. He’s excellent, fast, and efficient.
How’d I find Richard?
Via author forums and general pinging of author friends.
My Proof Editors
I use Flo Selfman (of Worlds a la Mode) and Shelley Bates (of Moonshell Books) for proof pass editing, and sometimes for copy editing. Proof is like a second copy edit to make certain everything is PERFECT. Shelly has a particularly busy schedule but because she also writes steampunk (as Shelley Adina), her expertise on the Victorian era is not to be sneezed at.
Flo is wonderfully meticulous. I tend to use her for my contemporary set stuff. She’s also a consummate spy, having infiltrated the Ripped Bodice to take a picture of my books on the shelf there.
How’d I find Shelley & Flo?
Shelley is a member of my RWA chapter and that’s how I met her. Flo came via recommendations.
My Audiobook Producer
AKA Producer Bryan is also a member of the sacred writer group (with Starla). His specialty is actually full cast audio work, but I needled him into doing single point narration for me. Occasionally I find the narrators (Romancing the Inventor, The Sumage Solution, Romancing the Werewolf), occasionally he does (Poison or Protect), but he does all the leg work interfacing with them, adding in special sound effects, and cleaning up the files.
How’d I find Bryan?
Podcasting, of course. All good things come from podcasting.
Logos & Other Fun Stuff
Kim Killion of the Killion Group wears many many hats, but I use her for quick logo creation. She and her team can handle pretty much all an author’s design needs, including covers. If you want a one stop shop, I suspect it’d be difficult to find better. She is, however, very busy.
How’d I find Kim?
I usually do a blog post about book-specific team details around the announcement and launch of that book. For example, here’s a blog post all about Evan, Quinn, Starla, and the cover of The Sumage Solution.
I hope it goes without saying that I recommend every one of these people.
That said, not every author has the same kind of work style. The kind of team that works well for me may not be what you’re looking for. And for those of my blog readers who are just interested in behind the scenes… now you know.
Yours as ever,
The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.
Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Many Ways in Which We Are Wrong About Jane Austen ~ not sure I agree entirely but it makes for interesting reading.
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Shannan Bloom says of Romancing the Inventor:
“Imogene Hale is a great addition to the pantheon of Carriger characters. She’s different than anyone else in any of the books I’ve read by Gail Carriger, but her plucky attitude, intelligence, and passion make her a perfect fit.”
Quote of the Day:
“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.”
~ Oscar Wilde