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 →
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 →
This is the second of my Self Publishing Guides and I’ll be focusing on the Barnes & Noble Nook. Most people will agree that Amazon (Kindle) is where it is at for books. The majority of all ebook sales go through the Internet giant. Now, again, I’ll mention that I am writing these from my point of view. That means as a US citizen, with his own business, with his own Tax ID number, and all that. That may mean that some of the problems you have, I won’t have encountered. If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you know that I respond. Feel free to post your questions and I’ll help you as I can.
Also, if you haven’t read my Amazon Kindle Guide, you’ll need to. This guide won’t make much sense without it. Please follow the formatting suggestions as it is going to make formatting for the Nook a breeze. And I mean that. A total breeze. If you found formatting and posting to Amazon painless, this is going to be like sipping coffee that is just a little too hot. Yeah, really. Continue reading →
If you were waiting for Barnes and Nobles or Smashwords to get your copy of Bob Moore: Desperate Times, wait no longer. Barnes and Nobles has actually had the book up for a most of a week but I didn’t want to announce it until I was sure they had the right edition. I’m still not sure but I’m going with it. I uploaded to Smashwords this morning and it was available right away. I’ve checked the PDF, ePub, and MOBI versions and they all look fine (except the ePub version looks a little weird on the iPad using the iBooks app but not the Kobo app – a problem that I think is based on Smashwords’ conversion process). My problem with Smashwords has always been the wait for inclusion into other libraries and their terrible stat reporting process. For those reasons, I’ve decided to self-publish to Amazon (link), Barnes and Nobles (link), and iBooks (link to come).
So far, I’ve completed one of the possible three Self Publishing Guides. The Amazon one is up and will be (as least so far) the most detailed. It will be the bedrock upon which I build the rest of the guides. If you follow the formatting suggestions there, you’ll be 90% of the way to Nook and Smashwords. Yep, not bad for one guide. Working on the other two now and will hopefully have them done in the next week or so.