Twelve Steps To Publish Your Book

When I first met Susan Toy, almost four years ago, I had already written my first book and had it edited.

The hard part was done, I thought, eager to see it published.

Susan said to me that day, “Be patient. Don’t publish your book before it’s ready.”

 “Is my book ready?” I asked myself when we parted.DSCN0003

No, I realized, it wasn’t, so I kept working on it. I rewrote entire chapters and shortened or expanded others.  I decided to split my book into two volumes. I made significant structural changes, and I even added two new characters. One of them would become the hero of my next book.

I published my Red Cliffs Chronicles when they were truly ready – almost three years after my conversation with Susan.

“Be patient” turned out to be the best piece of advice about self-publishing I ever received.

 On October 6th, at the Calgary Public Library, Susan presented her 12-Step Program to Successful Self-Publishing. This link will take you to the complete presentation as well as to a list of further reading about self-publishing.

Susan is the author of Island in the Clouds and That Last Summer and a tireless promoter of fellow authors, particularly of those from Alberta. She’s been a bookseller and an award-winning publishing sales representative.


About jfkaufmann

Not unlike my characters, I lead a double life: by day I'm a mother, a friend, a colleague, and the queen of my kitchen. When the moon rises, however, I shift into my other self and, as Queen of the Night, I reign the magical world of my imagination.
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3 Responses to Twelve Steps To Publish Your Book

  1. Thank you, J.F. Kaufmann for this blog post … I’m so happy you not only followed my advice but that my advice turned out to be exactly what you required in order to be able to successfully follow your dream of self-publishing your books! Congratulations!


  2. Reblogged this on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing and commented:
    Thank you to J.F Kaufmann for this blog post following up on the Calgary Public Library talk of Oct. 6th. Kaufmann has been featured on my other blog, Reading Recommendations.


  3. arhadley says:

    But it’s so hard to be patient! I totally agree though. All good things come to those who wait. Congratulations!


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