Getting a book written and uploaded is only the first step. Self-publishing is a long, hard road. You’ve probably thought of creating your own blog (gee, I did) and telling your friends. But there are tons of other things to do that you may or may not have considered (many I wouldn’t recommend). But, let’s talk about them anyhow.
Let me start with the fact that a quick Google search will reveal that each and every one of these methods (and probably more) are a SURE-FIRE WAY TO GET NOTICED! The Internet declares it so. But the key for each of the different types of marketing is not the method, but how well you use it. I believe that the deciding factor in the success of each methodology is not the inherent strength, but how well that method compliments your personality. Continue reading →
You can’t swing a dead cat around a conversation of Self-Publishing and not hit a reference to J.A. Konrath. He is the poster-boy for success in Self-Publishing. Here’s some stories to get your all prepared for what will happen after you self-publish your first book:
If you’ve read any of his posts, you know that Konrath was already a published author before he went the self-published route. He had around 500,000 books in print before he uploaded his first book to Amazon. He’ll admit that he had a lot of advantages. He had an audience that was interested in finding more of his books. He was early to the game so he got a lot of free press (still does). On top of that, his “A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing” blog has a great name for Google searches and is one of the more popular blogs.
A piece of information that you may already know – You are not J.A. Konrath (neither am I). But that doesn’t mean there isn’t an upside to this fact. Read on to find out. Continue reading →
The master of the pulse-pounding literary thriller is back. Heywood Gould, award-winning screenwriter and novelist, author of bestselling novels/screenplays COCKTAIL and FORT APACHE, THE BRONX, returns with his biggest tour-de-force yet-THE SERIAL KILLER’S DAUGHTER. This one is a supercharged road trip that takes our two protagonists on a dark thrill ride to some very dangerous places. Someone is stalking college student, Hannah Seeley. Somebody would very much like to see her dead. Why? No good reason other than Hannah is the daughter of Arnold Seeley, a.k.a., the Robbinsgate Killer, convicted for 11 murders and now sitting on California’s Death Row. The list of suspects who might want to kill Hannah is long. The motive is less clear. Panicked, she uses her seductive charms to enlist the help of her classmate, Peter Vogel. Soon, Peter finds himself neck-deep in trouble. He’s in lust with Hannah, which can only be problematic. By getting involved with Hannah, he has set himself up as a target of her pursuers. After a close encounter, they have no choice but to hit the road in Hannah’s little VW Bug. The chase is on. Hannah and Peter find themselves on the run from their pursuers while trying to discover the identities of those who want to kill them. It’s a cross-country thrill ride, a cat-and-mouse chase involving murder, deception, and sheer survival. You won’t want to miss it. Continue reading →
So by now you’ve heard of the new update to iBooks and the new iBooks Author. There has been a lot of hand-wringing and complaining on both sides. As I’ve recently published a iBooks formatting guide, here are my thoughts. Now, as of this writing, I’m still trying to download the iBooks Author app so I can’t do a direct comparison (I’m sure it will be easier than using iTunes Connect but your level of control over the look of the document will be the deciding factor). Things you should know – iBooks Author is for Macs running Lion only. No PCs, no Macs with Snow Leopard. This is a bit limiting. Plus, the tool is really designed to create textbooks for the iPad. While it says you export your book to the regular iBookstore, it seems that the final destination for most of these books will be the new iTunes U (a textbook version of the iBookstore). For those of you that have asked me about how to deal with pictures in books, this seems to be the answer for you. A few more thoughts: Continue reading →
This Self Publishing Guide will focus on Smashwords. Smashwords is a third party aggregator that will send your books to Barnes & Noble (Nook), iBooks (iPad/iPod/iPhone), Sony, Kobo, and Diesel. They are a one-stop-shop for self publishing and have a lot of fans. As I explained in my Barnes & Noble Nook Self Publishing Guide, the B&N process is so simple, there is little reason to have Smashwords do it for you (and take a cut of your profits – currently 15% or less of the net or about 10% of the asking price). When I published my first book, Bob Moore: No Hero, Smashwords didn’t have a deal with Amazon so I had to put it up there myself. Currently, they have penned a deal but they’ve yet to distribute a book. Since Amazon’s process, as I explain in my Amazon Kindle Self Publishing Guide, is fairly easy, there is little reason not to distribute it there yourself as well.
iBooks, on the other hand, is a different story. See my iBookstore Self Publishing Guide (out soon) for more info. Continue reading →