Book Publishing Secrets: A Conversation with Becky Komant

We’re talking to authors from all walks of life about their experiences in publishing their book.  Some have smooth paths, some rocky, but they all share a common goal – to see their name on the cover of their creation.  It’s interesting to read what path they decided to take to get there and my guest today is here to tell everyone what he/she did in order to make it all happen so that other writers will learn a little something from the experience.

Today we are talking to Becky Komant, author of the adult suspense thriller, The Controlled.  Becky was born and raised in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia.  Spending most of her childhood years outdoors and playing sports, Becky’s passion for fitness was ignited.  Working at a gym at the age of 16, she then went on to an advertising position at a local newspaper following high school.  Soon after, Becky started her family and wanted to be more involved with her children.  It was then that Becky followed her passion and founded a successful private training studio.   Realizing that being a trainer was much more than just helping people physically, this lead her in the direction of becoming a certified life coach.  Because of her fitness and life coaching career, Becky always envisioned writing a book.  Overtime and thought, it evolved into her first novel, The Controlled. With more writing on the horizon, she hopes to inspire others on many levels. Becky continues to reside in Kelowna with her family. Learn more about Becky at www.beckykomant.com.

Thank you for your time in answering our questions, Becky.  Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to write a book?

I always thought it would be a good challenge to write a book – I am a challenge driven person.  Being in the fitness and health industry, I thought I would write a book along those lines to help people better their lives. But over the course of a few years, ideas and visions started to develop for a fiction story. I knew I wanted to share it with the world.  After an unexpected conversation with one of my clients at an airport, I had an epiphany.  That was when this journey started.

Is this your first book?

Yes, The Controlled is my first book.

Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?

I self-published.  Everything was so new to me, I really never rushed it.  Once I had it written I had the manuscript proofed, edited, then proofed again. Then I worried about formatting. We did a final proofread and then off to the printing company it went.  Waiting for the first copy was so exciting.  I actually sat on my front porch waiting for the courier service.  The process was smooth for the most part, a few minor changes along.  I went with POD (Print-on-Demand).  It is smart for self-publishing authors as they are only printed as ordered.  Gone are the days of having to stock a bunch of books.

What lessons do you feel you learned about the publishing industry?

Do your homework!  There are so many options out there, you need to look at all options prior to making a decision.  I would say look at deadlines and processing times before you are even at that stage.  I was surprised at how many weeks went by waiting for proofs, etc.  It is just good to know everything upfront.

If you had the chance to change something regarding how you got published, what would you change?

I don’t think I would change anything at this point.  I do still have a goal of getting picked up by a traditional publisher, but am pleased with everything so far.

Did you credit any person or organization with helping you get published?

I was so fortunate to have the help of a dear friend and published author Kimberly Thrasher.  Having support and knowledge from someone who has done it before really helped.

What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?

Follow your dreams.  Believe in yourself and anything is possible.

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