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 Self Publishing Guide: Amazon Kindle
I climb. Rocks. Well, rock walls at gyms mostly. But I climb. I took a few years off after the birth of my second son, but I started back up a few months ago. Now that I’ve gotten my rhythm and some of my ability back, I’ve started to lead climb. You may have been to a climbing gym before (maybe not). Most of the ropes are connected to the ceiling in some way with one person on the back end (the belayer) and the other climbing. This is called top-roping. The rope is always above you and you focus solely on climbing. The belayer keeps the rope fairly tight so that, if you fall, it arrests your fall quickly.
Lead climbing is different. With lead climbing, you drag the rope behind you as you climb. You clip in quickdraws (a small length of very strong cord with a carabiner at each end) to hangers attached to the wall and clip your rope into the other carabiner on the draw. If you fall, the rope, now through the carabiner in the draw, is usually below you. This makes falls much more dangerous and, consequently, the climbs are much more stressful (plus harder since you have to stop and clip in the draw and the rope while hanging on to the wall). After the break you’ll see a video describing all of this. The point, however, is that climbing is like writing – just as much work and pain and sweat goes in, just as much fear and insecurity come out, and when you fall, it can be terrifying. But when you succeed, when you get to the top, it can be just as exhilarating. Continue reading Inspired by Terror
Through nothing but serendipity, I’ve had two interviews and a feature in the last two days. I requested these all long ago at different times. The interviews were done virtually (they sent me the questions and I responded) and I’ve made sure that each was unique. I’m not sure how this will affect the downloads of Bob but it certainly can’t hurt. I’ve also heard from James and the cover from the almost finished sequel (by “almost finished” I mean first draft) is almost done. So, that’s exciting too. At least for me. Maybe for you too. Check after the break for the links. Continue reading Carpet Bombing the Internet
You know what sucks the most about self publishing? Marketing. It isn’t that it is so hard, it’s the waiting. Marketing people send out hundreds, thousands of emails hoping for one hit. Maybe two. And if they get it, it’s huge. When you are doing it for yourself, it is much harder. You believe in your work. It is your baby. So you expect every email, every request to be taken seriously. As someone that gets press releases all the time for Audioholics, if you don’t grab my attention in the title and maybe the first two words, I delete you. That’s just the way it is. But it is hard to remember that when it is your work. Bob has been finding traction, no doubt about it, but the waiting is murder. With 5+ reviews in the works with a timeline of 2+ months on each, it is a waiting game. I just have to stop checking my downloads 5x’s a day. Well, who am I kidding? 5x’s an hour.