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Offline Michael Sullivan

Re: Willing to answer questions
« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2012, 09:20:00 PM »
I just registered to thank Michael for this thread and especially for the post on getting reviews.

Love the ad you sent to get reviews. It was created with the google docs drawing program? And you inserted it in an email as a jpg? As html?

I'll need to send out review requests myself soon.

Oops...sorry for the delay, I forgot to watch this thread.  I'm glad you liked the thread and the information. Yes I did it with Google Docs and the image is a .jpg that I have posted on the Internet.
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Offline Michael Sullivan

Re: Willing to answer questions
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2012, 09:23:46 PM »
Just thought of another question. Were you submitting your books to trade publishers all along up until you decided to selfpub and what was your experience with trade?

No. I had submitted the books to a agents through standard query and landed one who sent it around to the various houses.  She didn't get anywhere and since her husband was relapsing from a leukemia ended up closing her doors.  She suggested I try some small presses and I submitted to 4 and got picked up by one. They put out the first book, but ran on hard times and although they did the production for book 2 they couldn't come up with the cash for the press run, so I reclaimed the right and self-published.

While self-published I was releasing a book every six-months so didn't bother submitting anything to anyone because it would have thrown a huge monkey wrench into that situation.  When I got the 5th book out, sales were seeing a nice climb so I thought...why not try New York again. By this time I had a foreign rights agent, and she is the one who actually sent it to New York.

Offline robertbevan

Re: Willing to answer questions
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2012, 04:53:45 AM »
i have a question if you're still around. (this thread's gone kinda dry) i notice you don't have any links on your sig line here. in fact, i had to actively search through the first page of this thread to find a link to your blog (i'm glad i did. it looks like it's going to keep me busy for a while). why is that? is it a "why bother? i'm already successful enough" sort of thing? or did you make a conscious decision to not include links to your books, or your blog, or your facebook author's page (or whatever) in your signature line on this forum (or on other forums) because you think it would do more harm than good for some reason?

right now, still being new to the whole self-publishing game, this sig line is the only marketing i'm doing. i've got a small blogger account set up, but i haven't made enough posts on it yet to justify showing it to people. and when i have some news, i'll make a post about it on facebook, but i want to be careful not to get spammy on there. anyway... i think i've about milked all the facebook sales i'm going to get.

thanks for making this thread, and for making yourself available for questions.

Offline Michael Sullivan

Re: Willing to answer questions
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2012, 02:24:59 PM »
i have a question if you're still around. (this thread's gone kinda dry) i notice you don't have any links on your sig line here. in fact, i had to actively search through the first page of this thread to find a link to your blog (i'm glad i did. it looks like it's going to keep me busy for a while). why is that? is it a "why bother? i'm already successful enough" sort of thing? or did you make a conscious decision to not include links to your books, or your blog, or your facebook author's page (or whatever) in your signature line on this forum (or on other forums) because you think it would do more harm than good for some reason?

right now, still being new to the whole self-publishing game, this sig line is the only marketing i'm doing. i've got a small blogger account set up, but i haven't made enough posts on it yet to justify showing it to people. and when i have some news, i'll make a post about it on facebook, but i want to be careful not to get spammy on there. anyway... i think i've about milked all the facebook sales i'm going to get.

thanks for making this thread, and for making yourself available for questions.

Hey, I'm on vacation in Maine and haven't been on line.  It's not a "why bother" thing it's that when I'm here discussing things with authors I'm not in "selling mode" I'm in "helping mode".  I'm pretty sure all the information is in my profile page (should check that to be sure).  Also different forums have different rules about signatures and at the time I set up this account, I probably had just come from a site that didn't allow signatures and I didn't do the research to see what was allowed and what wasn't.   So no it probably wasn't really a conscious decision, probably more of a I can in quick and didn't realize how long I'd stay ;-)  Now that I've been here a while I might have to revisit that.

As to you using the sig line - I think that is good, and worth doing, just keep in mind that authors are pressed for both time and money so many probably won't buy from you posting in a writing forum area.  Best rule of thumb is go with the readers are - like goodreads.  Some groups there allow for signatures, others don't so be sure and check their rules before using one.

You are welcome - and feel free to stop back and ask any others in the future.

Offline robertbevan

Re: Willing to answer questions
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2012, 12:31:17 PM »
thank you, michael sullivan.

i joined goodreads because i thought it's something i'm supposed to do now that i'm an author. but i really don't know what i'm doing there. the account is just sitting there stagnant, and every once in a while someone asks to be my friend, and i accept.

i'm a member of a few gamer forums, because my book is about a group of gamers. and i talk about game stuff (not about my book), hoping people will be curious about the links in my sig line.

Offline Michael Sullivan

Re: Willing to answer questions
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2012, 10:00:02 PM »
thank you, michael sullivan.

i joined goodreads because i thought it's something i'm supposed to do now that i'm an author. but i really don't know what i'm doing there. the account is just sitting there stagnant, and every once in a while someone asks to be my friend, and i accept.

i'm a member of a few gamer forums, because my book is about a group of gamers. and i talk about game stuff (not about my book), hoping people will be curious about the links in my sig line.

As with anything you get out of goodreads what you put into good reads.  Participate in the groups.  Give recommendations when people ask.  Answer questions for other authors that are newer than you are.  Recommend another author's books that you enjoyed. Being a member of the community first and and an "author" second is the best advice I can offer.

Offline jefGoelz

Re: Willing to answer questions
« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2012, 04:37:03 AM »
Can you use self-publishing as a vehicle to get comments/reviews and improve your book for eventual submission to a publishing house?  How well do publishing houses welcome a book that is self-published?  In other words, will they publish something you have already sold 1000 or more copies of (presumably after their own round of editing and revision)?   How about picking up a series that started as self-published?  On the other hand, if an author is disappointed with the results from a publishing house, can he get back the rights and self-publish?

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Re: Willing to answer questions
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2012, 01:00:41 PM »
Can you use self-publishing as a vehicle to get comments/reviews and improve your book for eventual submission to a publishing house?  How well do publishing houses welcome a book that is self-published?  In other words, will they publish something you have already sold 1000 or more copies of (presumably after their own round of editing and revision)?   How about picking up a series that started as self-published?  On the other hand, if an author is disappointed with the results from a publishing house, can he get back the rights and self-publish?

Good question. I'm curious about this too.