I used the steps outlined by Nick Stevenson (I mentioned in the last blog post) for my Sensing Danger series (3 books).
It worked, if not as much as I hoped. I have downloads happening. I may discuss numbers in another blog post when I have more data.
What I noticed, my other stories sold a lot more since I made Sensing Danger 1: Rescue free. I believe others call it the “halo effect”. It seems that when readers look at the Sensing Danger page, they must click on “other books by same author”, and purchase one of them. Read more »
You must do the following before marketing.
Write a good story, get it copy edited, format correctly, including an interesting blurb, and eye catching (appealing to readers of the correct genre) cover.
Place it in the correct genre, using correct metadata search words.
Upload to all sites, not just Amazon Select.
Create a POD file and upload to Createspace, and select all channels, as well as price correctly for bookstores to get their discount.
Now what? Read more »
I thought I should let you all know of a wonderful Storytime Bloghop happening at the moment by some writer friends of mine.
If you like FREE flash fiction with surprising endings, then hop over to Katharinea Gerlach’s blog and check out her flash fiction story.
At the bottom is a list of links to other writer blogs with one of their own flash fiction stories, all about 500 odd words so each story is a quick read.
I did. 🙂 And I can’t wait to read more about some of the many different characters.
I have just emerged into normal life from over 2 weeks using Scribus to create three 5×8” sized print interior pdfs of my latest series release Sensing Danger.
The first three interior layouts were wrong, because when I created the master pages I incorrectly typed one measurement. Yes, because I did not check the measurements I entered for the first two master pages before I imported to the next two files, I had to repeat the whole process a second time for the three interior layouts. Read more »
I mentioned in another blog that Nick Stevenson has steps to get readers to sign up to the author’s mailing list.
I put his steps into place for my Sensing Danger series, such as offering the first in the series Free so my readers could find me without a cost to them, then if they finished the story and liked it, they could sign up to my mailing list and receive the second in the series as a thank you for singing up.
I updated the cover for book 1, created the covers for book 2 and 3, and uploaded to Smashwords and Amazon.
The ebook series is now available in Smashwords and rolled out to the other sites. Read more »
I decided to ask some other Indie Authors if they would like to guest blog on this site.
Then I decided I had better answer the questions first, so others can get an idea of my path to publishing before they added their path to Indie Publish as a guest blog.
How Did You Get Started In Indie Publishing?
I got tired of waiting for my favorite authors to put out more books so decided to write my own stories while I waited. Then I uploaded one short story when Smashwords started and was surprised at the number of downloads, so edited my novels and put them up on Smashwords. Read more »
IndieReCon 2015 is over for another year.
If you missed the Indie writing conference, it was full on with talks from many varied aspects of publishing, with a new video talk or blog post every hour. Also, each article conveniently listed Australian Eastern Standard time, so it saved me checking on the World Clock to make sure I didn’t miss reading the questions and asking questions in Google + while the video talk happened. Read more »
I have heard everyone say over the past five years that you must know your readers, advertise to your readers and build an Email List to advise your readers of your latest publications. Yes, it works for non fiction but not so much for fiction.
I know from various places that quoted impressive numbers of pages opened, pages read, pages where links were clicked, etc, that Email Lists are the best advertising to existing readers. Note the word existing readers, not new readers.
So, I have been reading up on how to get one of these Email Lists going before I can figure out who are my readers. Read more »
I have been working on a cover for a collection of six Science Fiction novelettes for a print copy, and am excited with what I have done so far.
With the help of some other writers, I decided to call it an Omnibus, rather than a collection, because a collection relates to short stories and from the word count, five are novelettes and one is a novella. Read more »
I decided, while waiting for my beta readers to finish my last two stories, to work on covers for the two stories. I drew a translator, an alien flying orb that translates English and other languages into Machani, the aliens in my latest novel.
I had what I think was a productive week, now my cough has settled down and I have more energy.
I edited the latest novel draft and sent off to a beta reader.
I edited a previous novella draft and gave to a beta reader who had been patiently hanging out for the second story in the Sensing Danger series. Read more »