There are a number of things that I'm doing differently this time around, with "Dandelions on the Road." First, I'm putting it out myself. My last three books had publishers behind them so many friends/family have asked why I'm doing it myself this time. Let me address that...
Through my last few experiences with the publishing industry, I have learned a ton and I am very grateful for the opportunities I've had. I also do not plan on necessarily going the self-published route for the long term. Honestly, I just wanted to try it out for this book and perhaps another after that. Then, I will likely continue with the published route.
When it comes to publishing, I have felt like I had to give up a lot of control. In many ways, this was a good thing. I had someone else in charge of editing. Someone else doing the cover. Someone taking care of formatting etc. But it was hard for me to hand it all over at the same time. I wanted to try my hand at handling it myself.
When a publisher is involved, I also do not have as much say in the promotion of the book in many ways. As in I cannot always say when I want it on sale and so on. At the same time, I have to do most of the promotional work to get the book out there myself.
Since I have learned so much about the industry and how to create a book and get it out there, I wanted to give self-publishing a go this time around. As an author, I'm continually fine tuning my craft and trying to find new ways to do things and reach people.
"Dandelions on the Road" is book two in the Dandelion Series. I actually have a third book roughly written as well entitled "After the Final Dandelion." Not to give anything away, but it involves a wedding. :) Once I have this series out, I plan to start a new series and quite possibly go back to publishing with a publisher. These books can be read as stand alones, but you will recognize characters from book to book and hopefully you will enjoy them all.
As I turn away from the Dandelion Series for a bit, I'll leave you with a quote from the upcoming release.