Sunday, 14 April 2013

A World of Opportunity

Well, I finally did it and my first book is now published. The early response has been encouraging and not just from friends and family, but people whom I would never otherwise have had contact with have also offered their support and advice. It just makes me realise how much I have been missing by procrastinating for so long over the self publishing issue. I now wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody who is thinking of giving it a go. I am yet to receive my first sales report, so I do not know how much I have sold, but the process has been fun and challenging nonetheless.

One of the most common questions that I have been asked by people is "do I have to own a Kindle to buy your book?". When I first decided to self publish I thought that the answer to this question was yes. Then I discovered Smashwords who offer downloads on multiple formats and I recently found out from my sister in law (hi Leaona!) that a Kindle App is available for smartphones. This news increases my potential readership greatly.

Of course, there is still the question of print books. A few years ago the only Print On Demand (POD) services were connected to vanity publishing and this was certainly not a route that I would want to go down.  When it comes to book selling it should always be the customer that pays and not the author. Now though, there are several free to enroll POD services. The two biggest names that I have come across so far are Create Space ad LULU. Given it's connection to KDP (both are owned by Amazon), I have decided that Create Space is the one that I will be going with.

If the uploading process is as simple as it was with KDP, then I should have a print version of The Outback available to order very soon. This will be an invaluable marketing tool as it creates a real product to send to reviewers as well. As usual, I will keep a log of my experience with this particular type of publishing on this blog and in time be able to assess how effective it is. Obviously, sales will require a tougher sell as I cannot use the tempting ninety nine cents offer (the minimum to turn a profit will likely be $9-$10 or £6-£7), but with it being free to enrol, I have nothing to lose. And from now on that will always be my motto when it comes to self publishing.

Do it - you have nothing to lose.

If you have not already done so - please click on the link below to buy The Outback on Kindle

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