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After Oil is finally on shelves!

After years of working on After Oil we've finally managed to get it to shelves.  I say we -- even though I did write it and it was independently published -- because even as an independent I could not do it without the teamwork behind me.

And that's the key right there.

Teamwork Counts.

Most independent and self-published authors will go into this thinking they can do it all by themselves.  Let me tell you how wrong that misconception is.

Just how wrong?  Let me introduce my team (names changed) just so you have an idea.

Wilma, who edited for grammar and spelling only.  Notice the lack of developmental or plot editing.  She was busy enough catching typos, missed words, misspelled words or words not used properly.  The best author will be very articulate but by the time three am rolls around even the best in the business find that their eyes are ready to fall out of their skulls and mistakes will happen.  So will burnout.  I just wanted this book done so badly that I didn't want to think about it anymore.

Where was I?

Oh right, editing.

Next were a set of two editors that between them had the difficult job of tying the plots together or talking me into cutting the novel down into the nitty gritty before building it all back up again.  By the time these two were done the main character had gone from one person to a whole other character that I had not dreamt of making into a main character.  Not because I didn't like the character but because I wasn't sure if that was the direction the novel should even take.  In the end the three of us negotiated and this new main character jumped up and sold me on the idea...  No pun intended.

Add in another two proofreaders to help throw in their opinions and further catch any issues and we're up to an editing team of five.

From there it went to copy editing, and of course the cover design.  Two more pros entered the picture for this.

Let's not forget the website design, the photographer for the portrait shoot, the virtual personal assistant keeping my day straight and my accountant, financial advisor and banker for the business account in my name... and the lawyer for going over contracts... and the publicist that lets me pick her brains for hints on how to market the book and myself as a writer...

... and finally the bodyguard/security for book signings in very populated venues.

Just to say I have independently published my novel I had to pull in sixteen professionals to support me and my business.

This is no less than what a non-independent author deals with during a launch, but it's typically streamlined into agent, editor, and perhaps the lawyer, accountant and financial advisor as the typical team standing behind that author while the others form the team of those various roles.  This basically means that there is no such thing as an independent author... just the do-it-yourself author and the author who would rather just write.

To buy After Oil before the official release, please head here for the trade paperback and here for the Kindle Edition.  This special "Anime North" edition will be out of print after the official release.

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