Posts Tagged With: Self-Publish

Interesting, Exciting contest, and my doubts…

I discovered an exciting contest from Amazon yesterday here:  Amazon is going to review book pitches and choose six to be published by Penguin! This is wonderful and I immediately read up on it linked everything, and put some important excerpts into a OneNote notebook. I set up an Astrid task reminder to alert me when to submit because submission opens toward the end of this month.

When all that was done and I had time to mull it over, the doubts set in. Maybe I should wait until next year because…I may not be ready for the work of traditional publishing. I may not want to be published traditionally yet anyway because I love the autonomy of being Indie. My writing may benefit more from a year of waiting. It looks like a lot of work and do I have the time to make it work? Do I want the work that comes from success?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still going to submit something. But it wasn’t a snap decision, partly because I had time to think about it.

What do you think about this contest, and would you enter? Explain. (This will be graded on a curve and late papers will be docked a grade percentage for each late day. :P)


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The Results of Following Advice!

Here is MY BOOK on the shelves at a BOOK STORE! I called my local Third Place Books and after some email juggling, found out how to consign my print books on their shelves. Now, if people will buy them, I have an additional outlet for my work. If you live in the Seattle area, check out Third Place Books on Lake City Way to buy The Disenchanted Pet in paperback from an actual shelf.

Here is MY BOOK on the shelves at a BOOK STORE! I called my local Third Place Books and after some email juggling, found out how to consign my print books on their shelves! Now, if people will buy them, I have an additional outlet for my work! If you live in the Seattle area, check out Third Place Books on Lake City Way to buy The Disenchanted Pet in paperback from an actual shelf!

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Tag Shralping

I am aware that it is obvious that my surfing terms are completely lame and found on Google. Don’t care!

Here is what I found today, and it is excellent! A good article on social media and self-publishing. had an interesting article on the Carnival of the Indies which is really intriguing. His links lead you to who is all about greasing the Slip-N-Slide of independent publishing so you don’t get a friction burn. More good editing advice! Excellent advice about book reviews and how not to get them. You should read this one. Thought-provoking and worth the read, but a little depressing. a great article from a smash-hit indie author!

Stay tuned tomorrow for my post for the Whirlwind Tour! Also, today and tomorrow you can still get my ebook free! You’re welcome!

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My Christmas Present to ME (and maybe you)!

First, don’t forget my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale coming up in 2 days! Get The Disenchanted Pet for free as an ebook or for cost as a print book!

The real post: Today my ereader is supposed to get here! My dear family, without any effort at all (or necessarily even knowing it), got me a lovely ereader for Christmas. Early. Don’t judge, people. This is how Mama gets what she wants for Christmas instead of a vacuum cleaner.

That was from Marc and the kids. For myself, I’m getting ebooks to read on my ereader! I’m getting YOUR ebooks. I’ll be combing through all the ebooks my followers have written and buying the ones that interest me. Then I’ll post reviews of them on my “Reviews” page, which I’ll probably have to refurbish to hold that many.

Yes, my present to me is also my present to you! But only if you are following my blog. If you have friends who want their books bought and reviewed on my site, be sure to get them to click that “Follow” button!

Normally I will not read thrillers or erotica. Sorry. But I am open to any interesting synopsis for any other genre. I’m pretty open to any good tale.

I reserve the right to skip the books that don’t appeal to me, and I will give an honest review. I’ll be sure to run it by you, though, before I post. I won’t post any reviews you don’t want me to post. Don’t worry!

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What I Have and What I Need

I finally achieved more than 50 views today, and it’s only morning! Whose radar did I suddenly get on? Thanks, whoever you are!!

***Update! featured my article, Things I Thought Would Be Different About Self-Publishing on their Self-Published Author Daily!!stories Thanks for posting me!***

Book sales are not awesome and not improving. How do I fix it? The thing that I think will help launch my flightless book sales is to get a review on a review blog. I’m not sure how to accomplish that, though, because just emailing them my stuff hasn’t done it. I am careful to read all the blog submission requirements and everything, but no nibbles.

If any of my fellow bloggers would like to review my book, I’ll give you a free ebook copy! I’ll also review your book in return if you like. (Puppy Eyes)

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Shootin’ the Tag Pipe

Reading the blogs listed in the Tag Surfer and commenting on and following the ones that fit has been the single best way to get views on my blog. More importantly, I’ve learned more about Self-Publishing and the great variety in the self-publishing world through these blogs. All these authors are doing the same thing I am and have various levels of success, but we aren’t working against each other. Either we’re alone, or we’re building on each other’s networks to get our books out there. Nobody is going to say to themselves, “I’m going to buy this book instead of this book because I saw this book first.” They are going to buy the books they like and pass over the uninteresting ones.

On that note, I’ll build that network! has a comprehensive how-to list about self-publishng with lots of good tips. She’s saying just about the same things that I’ve been saying. An interesting look into the small-ness of “big publishing”. mentioned in her blog that she was going to participate in or start a writers group at her library. That let me to look at my library site–no dice. Then I googled “seattle writers group” and found with a big list of Seattle writers groups! New project!! Thanks for the inspiration, Amanda! because you really should get over yourself. Oh…me too. a good outline of writing a thriller and what the story is really about. This can work for other genres.

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Video trailer!

My video trailer is finally finished! I hope you like it!

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Hangin Tag Ten!

Still haven’t repeated the stupid comparison! is a delightful collection of only indie books I found through Why authors go indie–yes! And another from the same bloger!!! (guest post) Oh yes, that’s you! Read it!

And my favorite blogger for the day Awesome! I’m not that brave though.

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Pubit by Barnes and Noble

I’ve uploaded my book to Pubit, Barnes and Noble’s ebook site. It was quick and pretty much the same setup process as Smashwords and Kindle. It is only available to US residents because they require a US tax number. I’m not sure why so many sites can’t operate without that.

The site seems pretty bare-bones, with no obvious guides or community. After some poking around, I found reference to a formatting guide and a Pubit community, but no clear direction about where to go to find it.

Note: The Google link to Pubit doesn’t seem to take you to Pubit. All links seem to really really want to take you to the Nook store. This is The Disenchanted Pet’s Nook page!

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Self-publishing Checklist REVISED

Originally when I began my journey, I had the list ordered differently, and that was a mistake. I want to update for you who are starting out. I began publicity just before I sent the book to the editor, and that was a mistake. Start things up while you are still writing the book. If you are sure about the book, start as soon as you know you want to publish it someday.

Self-publising Checklist:

1. Publicity, publicity, publicity. I originally had this after publishing on my list and that was a mistake. Promote while you are writing the book you’re planning to publish. Start as soon as you can because you’ll need that web presence for book sales later. Also, write the book.
2. Choose a pen name. You’ll want all your online activity to feature this name. Your name is your brand just as much as your books’ names. Also, write the book.
3. Establish an email address, a WordPress site, a Facebook profile, and Twitter account for my pen name and a Facebook profile for my book. Also, write the book.
4. Write the book
5. Get 6 or more friends to read the manuscript and give me feedback and work the book over
6. Find an editor and give her the manuscript–I posted a request on Facebook and a social website and found several within a few hours! Thanks Kathleen and Kathryn!
7. Find a cover artist–my social website was full of these guys and I found two great artists who are working as a team on my cover. Heidi and Erik were awesome!
8. Sign up on CreateSpace with my pen name and new email.
9. Work with my cover artists to fine-tune the cover.
10. Once my editor has finished, implement her changes to my manuscript. (This took a lot longer than I thought. I recommend establishing a deadline whether or not you need your book quickly.)
11. Finalize contracts with my editor and cover artists.
12. Publish my book on CreateSpace. CreateSpace provides an ISBN number for my book. (Complicated and easy at the same time!)
13. Register my copyright at . This can be done online and there is a small fee. (Still have to mail in a copy.)
14. Submit my book to popular book blogs for them to review. (Also took longer than I thought)
15. Possibly publish my book on additional publishing sites.
15. Resarch appropriate websites and expand my web presence for publicity.

A comprehensive booklet with lots of links can be found in my newest Smashwords ebook:

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New Book! Plus, a major edit for TDP

I wrote a new book! I’m just full of ideas this weekend! I’ve compiled all of the information on my blog and organized it into a free ebook guide to self-publishing based on my experiences! This is free and now available on Smashwords. If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve seen most of it, but if you haven’t this is a great way to catch up, or just make sense of it all. Here is the link:

Proper blog documentation coming!

Also! Kathryn, my editor for The Disenchanted Pet, has given me a wonderful follow-up edit of my book, which I’ve just uploaded to CreateSpace, Kindle, and Smashwords. I’m sorry, I can’t change your print books, but the ebooks are all updated for free. Most of the edit, though, is word order with some minor changes that don’t much affect the story. Also, I put a period at the end just for you, Donna!

The Disenchanted Pet

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Nifty Tool Converter

If you are smart and share your writing with some trusted friends before unleashing it on an unsuspecting population, you find yourself in occasional need of a different format from what your Word program will produce. Well here is a lovely website to convert all your stuff! Upload what you have and download what you want! And it is FREE (every self-published author’s favorite word)!

Voila! Now it says “epub converter” but it can also convert to epub, fb2, lit, lrf, and mobi!

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Things I Thought Would Be Different About Self-Publishing

This self-publishing thing hasn’t gone exactly the way I thought it would, posting my books on CreateSpace and Smashwords. I tend to think more positively than reality affords, and I’m aware of it, so I’m not surprised very often when I am wrong. Things I was mistaken about:

1. Visibility for my book is low. For some reason I thought people would see my books. My sales numbers have been waywayway lower than I thought they’d be. I’ve been writing so much about self-promotion because I’ve been trying to fix this. You can’t just put them up and see them sold, though. You have to work to draw people toward your books even if they only cost 99 cents as an ebook.

2. Most of my Facebook friends are not interested in my book. They don’t want to read it, or comment about it, or tag it. I have a few wonderful friends who are the ultimate fans, but overall (unless I am also completely invisible on Facebook) people aren’t interested. I had thought that I could get at least 50 sales from facebook. Oh well.

3. Promotion is endless and can take up all your time. I couldn’t just put up my website and go. To promote, I have to constantly post (see these words in front of your eyes), converse in various places about my book and others, read others’ posts, and squeeze each contact out of the internet like the last of the toothpaste. I have recently said ENOUGH and I’m not looking for more promotion ideas, or joining any other communities to promote. There are too many and I do want to write and pay attention to my family occasionally.

4. I may not “pay off” my book with profits before the end of the year. I made deals with my editor and artists, as a concession to my first book status, to accept payment when I made money on the book. I can’t exactly send them checks for percentages of an $8 month’s profits. If things don’t pick up, I’ll have to dip into my household budget to pay them off at the end of the year. I also was (heh) hoping to make enough to pay up front for editing and art for the next book. Yeah, I know. Now I am wondering but not brave enough to ask my husband if we can just suck it up and pay it to get another book out. I really want to keep going, you know?

5. There is more money to be made in promoting someone’s book than in writing and selling a book. If you really want to just write and have somebody else worry about it, you can. I would love to do that, but it will cost money I can’t spare. If I could get paid to do for others what I have done for myself, that would be awesome. But again there is my whopping $8 monthly payout, which wouldn’t cut it with another author paying me to promote them. Grrrr…

6. There was another one that I thought of between 4 and 5 and if I can remember it again I’ll put it here. Yes, this is how I roll. I know. If you have kids or anything else to do in life besides read blogs, you’ll know that it gets worse, not better.

***And I remembered #6 a day later. Dur. I thought when I emailed/filled out forms to get reviews from book review blogs that I would get responses in a week or so. Nope. It’s at least 4 weeks I guess for the bigger blogs if that.***

Anyway…I’m tired of writing and I know most of you won’t read this far. I’ll pull a joke off some random website to end: I Googled “joke write” and got a bunch of tutorials for writing a joke. You know that your joke writing is going entirely the wrong direction if you need a tutorial. I’m just sayin’. So I Googled “joke writers” and found and picked the first joke, which was good enough to be first.

“There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define great, he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!” He now works for Microsoft writing error messages.”

(Note for the author of jokesaboutwriters: Why did you use such a tiny font and put so many spaces in your post?)

Also, I can’t see that there is any way to change font size in WordPress. If you know this vital information, please comment. I just clicked “remove formatting” to un-tiny the joke. I will write a review for your book in exchange (unless it is erotica. Women with wild imaginations like me shouldn’t mess with erotica. Bad things happen.)

If you have read all the way down

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Tag surfin’! Tag-tag surfin’!

They should really call it “Tag Fishing” because it is like finding some that are whoppers, some that are minnows, and some old boots.

Here are my faves from today: I love the hard evidence, and I’m encouraged that though I am not making wads of money, the odds are in my favor. This one was short but fat with goodness.

Also there is a long one but interesting Maybe this one is an eel. I liked her progression through the book writing process to fame.

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Premium Distribution on Smashwords!

It’s a small achievement, but I finally tweaked my ebook version to qualify for premium distribution on Smashwords! As I’ve said before, they have a great formatting guide and have a lot of good advice and tips about good ebooks. Lets see if this increases my sales, as they claim it will…

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