Woohoo, Wicked Soul Ascension was launched December 1, 2016. What an emotional day that was for me. I wanted nothing more than to be home staring at the computer screen. I didn’t expect the trouble that was coming my way. I used this self-publishing publisher type company. They place my book on all the websites like Kobo, Google Play, Amazon, Barns and Noble, and Goodreads. They also do a ninety-day book marketing for me. This company, I won’t give names yet due to the fact that I am locked into a contract, polished my script, and cover. The list goes on.
Some back story: I’m using this self-publishing publisher type company. They place my book on all the websites like Kobo, Google Play, Amazon, Barns and Noble, and Goodreads. They also do a ninety-day book marketing for me posting on Twitter and Facebook. This company, I won’t give names yet due to the fact that I am locked into a contract, polished my script, and cover. The list goes on. And all it costs me is $99.00 USD a month for twenty-four months. It’s the most cost-effective way for me to get my book out, without haveing to fork over a lump sum of money upfront. I was excited to get started with them, it sounded like a dream come true.
Why them? Having them on a payment plan was gold to me. They also sounded like the perfect final step before launch. 90 days marketing that would start before launch, Wicked Soul Ascension would be released in 4-5 months, one final edit to polish the script up, and they’d use my cover illustration to make the jacket out of. On top of it all, they would manage my book sales that happened on the web so I could work on the rest of the trilogy without worry.
Too good to be true? Seems so. They didn’t steal my money and run. That was nice. Instead, they killed all my hard work. Took a knife to it, slit it’s throat for all the world to see.
That’s a bit harsh, don’t you think? Okay, maybe a tad. I’ll let you decide.
The relationship started out great. They let me know all the things that the company offered. They let me know that they would meet the deadline I gave them. I accepted to get the polishing edit, thinking…why not? Another set of eyes looking it over wouldn’t hurt, right?
April 24, 2016: I made my first payment. December 1, 2016, is when my book was launched… My goal was October 1st. I had all the major things done and ready for them. Even a main edit was done by my editor. My cover illustrations, and the draft of what the jacket was to look like, all done. The deadline should have been reached.
Well, April 27 is when I got confirmation of when they got my script to edit. June 28th is when I got it back. Now, remember, I had a professional editor edit it for me so it shouldn’t’ve taken that long. It was a polish edit, not a full edit. The person that edited the story praised me throughout the story and edited a few things. Not as much that was needed. Since getting my book in book form I’ve found some mistakes than my editor and I missed, and it was this person’s job to find them that’s why I paid them to do that.
Next was formatting. And my worst nightmare came alive and took my poor manuscript, hung it from the ceiling to torture it, and my doing so almost made me quit publishing Wicked. If it wasn’t for my editor, my backbone, standing beside me to nurse the author back into me. All my italics in the story went missing! Now, most would say it’s not that bad. But, Wicked’s book has dreams and thoughts that are in italics. That makes up most of the story. So, instead of getting the manuscript and redoing the formatting they made me go through the manuscript twice to put in all the italics. This took two months to do. By then, it was late October. Missed my deadline, missed the Halloween market which was the best market for this type of story…
They still hadn’t made the cover or gotten anything else done during the time of their mistake. I had to pay for it…Not in money, in wasting my own time. I guess I lost money due to this mistake because I missed my target marketing time.
With the help of my editor, we forced the book out for December 1st. I had to hound them to hurry the F up and get my book launched. It’s now almost Christmas, and I missed another market…they still haven’t launched the ninety-day marketing that I was promised…and I have a feeling they will start it after Christmas when no one will have money due to how expensive Christmas is for everyone. Not only that, yesterday was when they finally put a book cover on my Goodreads page.
Thank you for listening to my rant, my ramble, my awful headache. Next time, I will not be using this company. When it’s all done, I will be placing the companies name on here. If you would like to know what company it was I used. Please feel free to message me on my website: www.cbdixon.com
If you have had a similar experience I would love to hear it in the comments below.