I first started thinking about self-publishing in 1999. I think it would be fair to say I didn't rush into it. I made the first post on this blog in 2006. Last year I made my first foray into self-publishing per se, an ebook available only via my website as a free pdf.
Now I am on the verge of my first foray into fee-charging self-published fiction. 'Collected Veinglory' is an anthology of short stories, mostly reprints. I have the cover art and the stories copy-edited and returned. The track changes are, as yet, unexamined.
I feel a strange reluctance to go through and make the final edits. After all these years lurking at the margins, here I go. I know I will make the usual newbie mistakes. I am sure there will be typos I missed, formatting problems, delays and frustrations.
It is exciting but also a little daunting, like any new endeavor but there comes a point where research and preparation turn into procrastination and prevarication. Any advice out there for a long time listener, first time publisher, about to make the leap?