Posts Tagged With: self-publishing

Awesome Indies Grand Opening Last Day!

 

Don’t miss out on the final day of the Awesome Indies Grand Opening Party! Win a free Kindle!

http://awesomeindies.net/2013/08/25/last-day-20-free-ebooks-win-a-kindle/

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Bye-Bye Examiner, Hello new direction

Yes, I let my Examiner credentials run out and I am no longer the Seattle Writing Examiner. If you want that position, be my guest.

But why?

Writing for Examiner was a great exercise and a way to expand my platform while showing that I possess the credentials to write web content. Unfortunately it did not bring me money for all the effort I put in. Frankly, I couldn’t think of anything else to write about Writing that hadn’t already been written. (Hehe)

Which brings me to the “new direction”:

I will now be switching gears from the carefree self-publishing-only focus. Now I plan to focus more on writing and getting paid.

I’ve sold a short story called Vampire Thrall to http://www.silkwords.com and have found a great fit there with my writing style. I have great hopes to do business with them into the future. I am scrubbing Horarium till it is nice and shiny to submit to Tor.com for their short-story feature. We’ll see.

Another biggie: I will be seeking a traditional publisher for The Stray, my second story in the ShaZha World. I had planned to finish over the summer but I had to jump on the Silkwords opportunity first. When it is done, off to publishers I go!

As for my site and what I have been doing online for the last two years, you’ll just see less. I still plan to participate in lots of online groups and push Discover Authors forward as far as I can, but I will not spend time scouring the web for self-publishing pots o’ gold. My new “gear” will focus on the changing traditional marketplace and what I find there.

Why am I switching gears like this? I really want to push my writing career into the next level. My family deserves to benefit financially from my writing and not just lose my time and gain nothing. I need to see if I can earn a living off of my writing or learn that it is just a hobby and treat it as such. Self-publishing is wonderful and my preferred method, but I have to try the other path to see if I can succeed that way.

I still plan to self-publish! I write a lot of stories and not all of them will fit the publishing world.

“What if you crash and burn, Kate?” You’re probably not thinking that because you’re too polite. But I am. If I can’t make it pay and contribute to my family finances with my writing so I can help my oldest son become a robot designer, my daughter to become an artist, and my younger son to become Spiderman, then I will write for fun, publish for fun, and give up seeking payment and promotion.

Face it: writing is one of my excretions. (EEEEWWWW!) But it is. I write and it doesn’t stop. Realizing this was the reason I published and I don’t see that stopping now that I can complete a story. Now all I need is a little Vrevzirma to see how it will turn out.

Wish me good fortune!

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It’s a cover-up!

TDP cover new b   Horarium Cover 2a front

 

Here is the latest tweak on two of my cover remixes. What do you think? Any last critiques before I officially change the cover for these two?

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Discover Authors: Compulsively Writing More Fiction 2012

Please visit the Discover Authors site for more great books! My book:

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Compulsively Writing More Fiction 2012

My experiences after the first book

by Kate Policani

Genre: Nonfiction, Self-publishing

This is a FREE ebook!

Kate Policani has compiled and reorganized the useful blog posts she wrote in 2012. Kate writes her blog to promote her Self-published books and to journal her path through Self-publishing. Her experiences can help you to achieve your dream of publishing your book, whether you choose to self-publish, publish traditionally, or just write for your own enjoyment. Kate Policani is a homemaker and compulsive writer from Seattle who writes Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Seattle Writing Examiner column.

Download on Smashwords (all ebook formats)

Download on iTunes

Download on Kobo

Download on Nook

Free PDF Download (from Kate’s website)

 

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Book Marketing Companies Reviews: Continued

**These ratings for book marketing companies are all based strictly on customer experience and opinion. This is a running list and I will be happy to add other customer opinions of book marketing companies to this list. To include your ratings, please comment on this post or email me at katepolicani@gmail (dot) com.

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More Books!

I’ve just published a second blog compilation book full of webby goodness and organized so you can read it through or reference just the topics that interest you! Please click the cover to visit Smashwords for my new FREE book!

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Book Marketing Companies Update

I’ve been crazy busy lately! Sorry about the infrequent posts but I’m refinancing my house, doing taxes, enrolling kids in school, and other paperwork. Midwinter is also doing a number on my Coffee Equalization Coefficient. But here is an update on book promotion companies. I heard about a stinker recently and found some sites with personal testimonies, so I added those.

**These ratings for book marketing companies are all based strictly on customer experience and opinion. This is a running list and I will be happy to add other customer opinions of book marketing companies to this list. To include your ratings, please comment on this post or email me at katepolicani@gmail (dot) com.

3/7/2013

Company Name Type of service Pass? Costs Comments
99 cent Network Listing Fail $45 No obvious return for money and no visibility of book on site. No answers to emails inquiring about where to find the book
AtoMr Book Blog Tours Tours, Book Buzz Pass $99 Did ” an awesome job” “super happy with the results” “booked blogs that get awesome traffic and have a lot of avid readers”
Archway Publishing Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services     See author Solutions
AuthorHouse Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services     See Author Solutions
Author Solutions Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services Fail   Additonal names: Trafford Publishing, AuthorHouse, iUniverse Inc., Xlibris,

Ripoff Report

“I simply cannot get anyone to respond to my e-mails on a book I am publishing with the company. The company says my book has already gone on sale, though they are obligated to provide me with a sizeable number of free books for my book launch – they have not and are not responding to e-mails….”

Bewitch-ing Blog Tours Tours Fail   “half the people who signed up didn’t post and only 3 did reviews even though it was supposed to be 15”
Book-Daily Listing Fail $49 “amount of sales doesn’t seem to be worth cost”
Book-Whirl SCAM Fail    Scam Report Another Scam Report
Goddess Fish Promos Tour Reviews Neut. $30 “didn’t break even” but supplied publicity
Inno-vative Online Book Tours / Reading Addiction Tours,  Amazon Reviews Fail $100 “A big flop, didn’t follow through as they had promised” “Three blogs didn’t post at all. The ones

who did post had very low followings, and NONE of them posted their review on amazon. Lame excuses from staff.” Bloggers posted ebook giveaway when customer didn’t offer them/wrong day. The ones who did post the correct giveaway all posted separate rafflecopter forms, preventing a fair winner or forcing customer to send 20 prize packs

“Hasn’t given me any sales OR amazon reviews. Stay away from them.”

iUniverse Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services     See Author Solutions
Kindle Daily Nation Listings Fail $160 “no results” (used to be great but saturated with too many books)
Kindle Promo Indie Book Listing Service Tweets Pass £15 “actively promotes books”
Nurture Your Books Tour, Promo, Nat. Press Release Fail $995 Paid for services and “nothing happened” Multiple calls and emails got no reponse. Emails to everyone in the company finally got a response and offer  of the book tour but couldn’t make the other person contact me. Customer resorted to refund through the credit card company.
Orange-berry Summer Splash Tour Tours TBA $25 Slots at tail end of month-long tour with 99 other authors, At least one event didn’t happen, never saw promised review, Orangeberry currently compensating author with discount second tour.
Partners in Crime Tours TBA    TBA
Pump Up Your Book Tours Fail   Ripoff Report
Promo. Book Tours Tours, Release parties Pass x2   Facebook Page Increased by 700 fans, Twitter increased by 450 Follows, newsletter increased by 150, “booked blogs that get awesome traffic and have a lot of avid readers”
Schiel & Denver book publishing, editing, marketing, printing, distribution Fail   Ripoff Report

“I did not get one on one author support.  I did not get a quality product.  I did not get the immediate response that they promised.  As a matter fact, every time I called the main line and requested to speak to a manager, they were always in a meeting and the call was never returned.”

Shades of Rose YA Tours Fail $7.50, $15 Newer company with small following, had trouble filling tours, do refund when cannot fill tour.
Sizzling PR Tours Pass -1

Fail -1

$15 -$75 “Nice people and very affordable.”

“90% of the blogs were adult blogs/romance/erotica for a YA book”

Smith Publicity Var. Neut.   “Stellar results, high prices.”
Trafford Publishing

*See also: Author Solutions

Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services Fail -1   See Author Solutions (Trafford was acquired by Author Solutions on April 2009.)
Xlibris Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services     See Author Solutions

 

Here are some useful Links:

http://www.authormedia.com/3-signs-of-a-publishing-scam/

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2007/02/happy-valentines-day-from-writer-beware.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2012/06/01/valuable-lessons-from-self-publishing-survey/ This was a fascinating one on what seems to work/not work for author promotion.

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New cover for The Silver Collar

I just thought I’d show you my project for today: a new cover for The Silver Collar! I’m spiffing up the story too with better editing and structure. The Silver Collar is always free (except on Amazon but they won’t change it).

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/153927

The Silver Collar

Photo by Marek Bernat

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Author Blog-in Day 2

Today is my book’s day on the Blog-in! Please visit these great sites to see Compulsively Writing Fiction there:

http://michael-ogara.blogspot.com/

http://dvberkom.wordpress.com/

http://etierphotography.blogspot.com/

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Author Blog-in: Compulsively Writing Fiction

Compulsively Writing Fiction

Compulsively Writing  Fiction:

My experiences in Self-publishing in 2011

by Kate Policani

This is a FREE ebook

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/102331

On Kobo

For Nook

I began my self-publishing journey in 2011, writing my first novel and working through the processes of publishing myself on CreateSpace and other publishers. This free ebook is the compilation of my experiences and discoveries from my blog. I have reorganized them and added some clarification to make a comprehensive view of and instruction for self publishing in this, the rise of the digital book movement.
This book is crafted to help all of you new self-publishers to live your dream and publish your book!

Another free ebook coming soon: Compulsively Writing More Fiction: My Continued Self-publishing Adventures in 2012

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Author Spotlight: Bess McBride

Bess McBride is the latest Author Spotlight on my Examiner column! I’ve started an exciting new interview format.

http://www.examiner.com/article/seattle-author-spotlight-bess-mcbride

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Choosing how to publish

Choosing how to publish. An Examiner article about questions every author must answer.

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Seattle and Amazon.com

Seattle and Amazon.com: An informative breakdown of the important relationship between Seattle and Amazon.

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Pricing a Book

OK! Some of you who have been reading my posts might say, “Kate! You hypocrite! You said you loved the 99 cent ebook and then you priced your book at $2.99! What’s wrong with you?”

Yes, I did say I believed in the 99 cent ebook and I still do. But there is a reason I’ve done such a crazy thing as price my book higher. Discounts.

If I price my book at 99 cents, there is no way for me to get the attention that comes from discounting my books. I’m at the bottom and the last step is free. SO! I’m pricing at $2.99 now and then discounting a few times until it goes to 99 cents. Unless it sells like crazy and then we’ll see. I’m not going to mess with something that’s working.

Do you get my plan though?

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Self-publishing : What an author should and shouldn’t do

Self-publishing : What an author should and shouldn’t do.

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