How I published my book

Kristine K. Stevens book cover, If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough, A Solo Journey Around the World

Aug. 3, 2013: Nook version of my book went live on Barnes & Noble.

July 11, 2013: I held a book release party at Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St., Savannah, Georgia.

July 7, 2013: Autographed copies of my book, “If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It Isn’t Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World,” became available on

July 5, 2013: The Kindle version of my book went live on

June 26, 2013: BOOK DELIVERED! The driver of the FedEx truck placed the palet of books on the street. With much excitement, Liz Wiglesworth (the publisher), James Caskey (fellow author) and I opened the first case and were stunned by how lovely the 1,576 book looked! May the writing be as perfect as the cover.

All of the boxes have been relocated to my house, and I have started distributing them to Kickstarter backers – amazing people who helped make this success possible.

June 6, 2013: I approved of the galley, and the book is now printing. All we have to do is wait three-four weeks for delivery.

KristineBookJune 5: The printer is over-nighting the galley today, and I will receive it tomorrow! Gave final approval on book release party poster – just need to finalize the date.

June 3, 2013: The printer has approved of the production files we sent, so we should be receiving a gallery (sample copy of the book) in the next few days. As for the digital book, I am in the process of converting the InDesign file to the kinds of files needed by various online retailers. First up: Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

May 25, 2013: The manuscript has GONE TO THE PRINTERS! It will take about a week to get a galley, which looks like an actual book without the real cover. If that is approved with no changes, then it’s about three-four weeks before I get to hold my first book.

May 20, 2013: Still working with publisher to revise page layouts and to make changes based on comments by a second proofreader. Have hired a designer to create a promotional poster for the book release party in Savannah, Georgia – will finalize the date once the book is at the printers. Have also hired the designer to provide the print-ready art for a vinyl promotional banner.

photoMay 19: Attended the SC Book Festival to learn about ways to promote my book.

April 30, 2013: The publisher had received the final file and is placing the text into the final page layouts.

April 29, 2013: Received all the changes from the proofreading editor Travis Sawyer. Next up: Make those changes to the manuscript, and get the files to the publisher for layout.

April 16, 2013: Received the last of the manuscript feedback from the amazing wordsmith Amy Condon, who was reviewing the book from a quality-of-writing point of view. I will make her changes and then hand off the second half of the manuscript to a proofreader.

April 15, 2013: Revised the map spread to go in the front of the book. Talked with James Caskey about writing my bio to go in the back of the book. Made final changes to the book cover. It is ready to go to the printers once the printer determines the spine width of the book. I approved the page layouts so once the publisher gets the book, the layout process should race along.

April 2: Working on a chart of promotional opportunities for the book. Very excited about being an emerging writer at the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

March 28, 2013: The first half of the book has gone to the proofreading editor to catch the small stuff. I am waiting for feedback on the second half of the book from my bestest editor. I refuse to publish the book without her constructive/valuable/critical feedback.

Feb. 28, 2013: Sent first 25 pages of the book to the publisher so we can hammer down page styles – typeface, type spacing, folios, margins, chapter breaks, etc.

Feb. 15, 2013: Started working with designer to create map to go at the beginning of the book as a reference to readers.

Jan. 24, 2013: First public promotional event for the book. Photos from my trip will be part of the juried slideshow at the first SLIDELUCK Savannah! This nonprofit slideshow and potluck happening brings together members of Savannah’s arts, photography, food and media communities. It will be held Jan. 24, 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 135 (upstairs ballroom), 1108 Bull St., Savannah, Georgia.

Jan. 17, 2013: Publishers Weekly requires a three-month turnaround if they decide to review a book, so my publisher and I agreed we would print the book now, then send a copy for review. If the book is selected for review (they do not review everything they are sent), the review will be posted on all online sales outlets. If can add the review at the second printing of the book.

Jan. 15, 2013: Ruled out photos in the book due to expense. Travel photos will be posted on this website instead.

Jan. 9, 2013: Met with the publisher and determined that:

  • The final book will measure 6 x 9 inches.
  • The interior typeface will be 12-point Times New Roman with 15 point leading. Page numbers bottom outer corners. My name in the upper left-hand corner on all pages unless it is a chapter-start page. Chapter titles will go upper right-hand corner on all pages unless it is a chapter-start page.
  • We will investigate including a section with color photos from the trip.
  • We cannot ship books directly from the printer to because we have to put Amazon’s code sticker over the ISBN/barcode. The good news is that this gives me a chance to autograph the copies that ship to them.

Jan. 8: I feel like a giddy first-time parent, as if I have seen the first ultrasound. Why? Because I have just seen the ISBN number and bar code for my book!

Jan. 8, 2013: Met with Travis Marshall, who will give my book the final edit before the manuscript is sent to the publishers.

Dec. 31, 2012: Finished writing the end of the book. Now reviewing pre-reader feedback and making final edits.

Nov. 2, 2012 Received the promotional postcard from the printers (see above).

Oct. 5, 2012: Set up a Facebook page so that people can see photos from the trip and read snippets from the book.

Aug. 22, 2012: Started working with Lene Stangebye Geving, a graphic designer with FullTank arkitektur + design, to create a cover design for the book.

Aug. 20, 2012: Successfully hosted a project to help get the book published.