Self-Publishing Lessons 6

As you write your story, edit, edit, and edit some more — others themes and story thoughts will come to mind (did for me at least) – WRITE THEM DOWN.  Be as detailed as you can in the outline because these will be your future stories.

 

I had fun with this one, and am excited about the book I write after finishing “I Am Archon” and “Causality”.  It is actually nice to have goals beyond just the one book.

(As always back posts can be found at http://myscifinovels.blogspot.ca/)

Self-Publishing Lessons Part 5

eBooks!!!!!!!!!!

 

Make sure you get your book out there.  Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc. 

 

Many publishers will offer this service to you for a fee…while their product in most causes will be professional, you may end up like me where I paid for the service and they failed to deliver.  The product was made, but they could not get it uploaded for whatever reason. 

 

To make matters worse, they have no intention of providing a refund since they “worked” on the product.  To me, failure to deliver the completed project means at minimum a partial refund or credit towards a future purchase.  I got no iBook, no refund or credit.

 

Lesson – make sure you are clear on ALL terms before buying, including what they do if they can’t deliver – this is very important.

 

So what do you do instead – use SMASHWORDS…

 

Smashwords will upload to all the major players in the eBook world.  You simply have to provide a manuscript in .doc format without errors.

Self-Publishing Part 4

Not sure where I read this but it went like this: 

70% of people have the idea for a great book
20% of the people will write it
10% will market it

If I flip this over, I would say: 

10% of the job is writing a book
20% is publishing it
70% of success is marketing your book

I have a healthy respect now for writers who actually publish in print (sorry while ebooks are good, isn’t the same).  There is a lot of hard work that goes into getting a book printer.

BUT, successfully marketing your book is a different beast altogether.  Sure you use word of mouth, Facebook, blogs, business cards, flyers, etc…

But what actually works?

Well if you know comment here, lol, because I am still working this out.

I have posted for 25 reviewers on http://www.goodreads.com, feedback is essential for the success of any book.  Get all your friends and family to read your book and post feedback.  Where should they post: 

http://www.amazon.com (post for all formats of book: hardback, paperback, kindle)
http://www.goodreads.com (make sure your book is listed there, you can do giveaways also)
http://www.smashwords.com (great place to get your ebook published to the main suppliers)
www.barnesandnoble.com
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/home (for Canadians)

Amazon is by far the most important; you want to build your rating there.

I am sure there is a lot I missed, so comment away with your ideals for success…

(Parts 1-3 can be found at my other blog)