Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Self-Publishing, Where to Start

Someone asked me the other day how to publish as an indie.  They were a little overwhelmed and wanted a brief overview of what to do.  Below is my response.  I thought I'd share it here as well, in case any of you were considering the same.

"In short, publish on Amazon:

They are the 800LB gorilla in the ebook world.  If you sell $100 worth of books on amazon monthly, you'll sell less than $10 everywhere else.

Later on, you can publish everywhere else through Smashwords premium, but the learning curve is steep and, like I said, probably not worth your time in the beginning. 

Createspace is an amazon subsidiary and can make POD paperbacks for you.  Again, there's a learning curve, but after you get the hang, you can have a manuscript uploaded in about an hour.

Audio versions of your books can be created on ACX.  Like Createspace and Smashwords, this can wait.  Focus on Amazon KDP.

For cover work, try GIMP and Google's Picassa software.  There are tons of sites that sell stock photos that you can buy the rights to and then modify using either program.  GIMP is very powerful, but I do most of my coverwork in Picassa.  Inkscape is another option

Forget trying to get your book in local indie bookstores or other things like that.  Focus on Amazon sales.  It's the best bang for your buck.


Amazon has 3 royalty tiers.

$0.99 - $2.98 = 35%
$2.99 - $9.98 = 70%
> $9.99 = 35%

That 70% royalty tier is your sweet spot, so tailoring your writing to fitting within that price range is most profitable."

Monday, June 17, 2013

Just Some Updates

Halfway through re-proofreading/editing the Western Front.  The book will be much better for it with respect to grammar, flow, etc.  By the end I will also have edited out about 2,000 words, which is a fairly significant edit for what was considered by me at one point to be a "finished" story.  That's a net reduction, since I've added to the book as well.  Nothing worth re-reading for, just polishing the prose.  Once I've uploaded the revision, there is a way to have it updated on your kindle, though I haven't researched it.

Still not sure what I'll write next, but I'm leaning towards Border Marches (Jake, Geram, Clay & Hayden), as told by Clay.  Don't really have an overall plot in my head, so I need to pull that together.

Spent Saturday night at doggie ER.  He was in a lot of pain when we got home and his eyes looked horrible.  At first, I thought he was snakebit, but vitals were fine.  Turns out, he took a sharp stick to the eye.  The other eye must have been compensating for it and that's why it looked bad.  3 prescriptions later and he's looking better.  Wife says that sometimes it takes days to go blind form eye trauma, so we'll see. 

Gonna take a break for several days soon, so we're looking forward to that.  Beach, kayak, paddleboard, fish and grill.  Haven't had a vacation in 2 years, so, yeah, it'll be nice. 

Pulse Chaser is still on sale for 99 cents, so grab it if you haven't yet.

Should have an ad up soon on a blog to help with waning sales.  Won't mention any names until its official. 

Take Care,