If I’d known how much work was involved in publishing and marketing my own book, I might have thought twice about it…
But only for a couple of minutes. Seriously though, it’s a full-time job and my head is spinning from all the research I’ve done, blogs and how-to manuals I’ve read, and advice I’ve taken in from all the writing/publishing experts.
One post I’ve found particularly useful is this recent blog post from Creative Penn called Top 10 Tips For Self-Publishing Print Books On Createspace (Amazon’s Print on Demand Service). Guest blogger Dean Fetzer, an experienced book designer, begins by saying:
There are a number of services you can use to publish your book – they all have different attractions and merits— but I’ve been using CreateSpace’s publishing tools a lot lately, both for myself and for authors I’ve been helping.
It has the advantage of being quite flexible, it manages the process quite logically and just about anyone can get to grips with it – and books appear on Amazon without the delay you get with other services!
And talking of marketing, author Jonthan Gunson has some wise advice in his recent blog post ‘Seven Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Book Sales Without Even Realising It.’ The first mistake he writes about is waiting until after your book is published before promoting it:
It’s of pivotal importance that you start promoting your book well before launch day, especially for a traditional printed book that’s going to be sold in book stores, because they give a book about 30 days to make its mark and if it doesn’t sell, it is then pulled, usually never to see the light of day again.
Ebook promotion is more flexible and while it pays to start the promotional process from the day you start writing you book, it is still possible to start promoting on or after launch day. But it’s not what I recommend, because you’ll miss out on a substantial head start.
Read the full article here
Any of those resonate with you? I’d love to hear about your experiences.
Robin Storey is an Australian author from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. She is a certified book nerd and has no weird hobbies or unusual pets.