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On Marketing Your Book on the Internet

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

News: Met an Author, Got a Review, Inspired a Writer

It has been a busy few weeks around casa de la Andry. We moved to Australia for my wife’s work less than two years ago but, because Perth is at the ass-end of nowhere, we haven’t had many visitors (tickets from the States range in the $3-4000 for coach). This weekend a guy that we were friendly with in the States showed up for a business trip. Of course, since he was a familiar face, we were totally excited and welcomed him like family. Turns out he was just as cool and interesting as we could have ever hoped. In the end, we talked a lot about writing and he revealed that he had always wanted to write a novel. Well, I shared with him the Note from the Author at the end of Bob Moore: No Hero, and he got inspired. We talked for hours about his story idea and he left with a real plan to write his book. I don’t know if he will or not but it was exciting to see him so fired up about writing. Continue reading

Self Publishing Guide: Smashwords

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

Self Publishing Guide: Amazon Kindle

This is the first of my publishing guides for how to self-publish your book. For those with specific questions about how to do X or Y or deal with problem Z, I’m not your guy (though, you can ask in the comments below). I can only report what I’ve done and how it has worked for me. I’m starting with Amazon because, basically, when I self-published Bob Moore: Desperate Times, it was the first one I used. I’ll also be reporting on how to publish to Nook, iBooks, Smashwords, and possibly others. I’ve already had some thoughts on Smashwords in the past as well as how they report (or don’t) statistics which is why I’m doing so much of my publishing manually. Scroll down to for links to my other guides (I’ll make them active when they are available).

If you are intimidated by self-publishing, Amazon is the place to start. Out of all the outlets, it is very nearly the easiest and certainly has the largest audience. So relax, sit back, and don’t worry. It may take you an hour or two to get all the formatting figured out, but, after that, it’ll be easy as pie. As long as you take a few elementary precautions, all the rest of your books will be as easy as running your manuscript through a conversion program (it will take seconds), going to the Amazon website, hitting the button “Add a title,” and uploading the file. So exhale, this isn’t rocket science. We’ll be covering three main areas: Formatting, Converting, and Uploading Continue reading

More Smashwords Stats Woes

If you read my review of Smashwords, you might want to check it again. I made a couple of edits. One thing I discovered was that, according to Smashwords, I’ve had zero downloads at the Apple iBookstore. This is patently false as I have 39 real ratings/eviews (meaning I didn’t ask friends to post them) plus I’ve downloaded the book at least twice (once to the iPad, once to the iPod). According to Smashwords, their data is accurate through May 28th. I’m not sure where the problem lies. It could be that Apple isn’t reporting correctly, or that there is a disconnect on Smashwords end. What I do know is that I’ll probably never know. I sent an email to Smashwords to inquire about it a week ago, but I doubt I’ll hear anything from them. Certainly, a week is enough time to send a cursory, “We’ll look into it,” response.

I find this whole situation troubling and, if you are planning on using Smashwords, you should too.

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