March 30, 2017, 11:39:07 PM

Author Topic: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!  (Read 5122 times)

Offline Autumn2May

  • Word Mage
  • Administrator
  • Khaleesi
  • ***
  • Posts: 2845
  • Total likes: 24
  • Gender: Female
  • Does the noise in my head bother you?
    • View Profile
    • The Write Way To Type - Writing Blog
Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« on: January 08, 2012, 11:00:03 PM »
We've created a section of the forums where self-published authors can talk about their experiences with self-publishing and give each other tips and advice on the business end of books.  Come and join the discussion!

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/self-publishing-discussion/

Offline Diggedag

Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2015, 06:16:42 PM »
Hello,

Great stuff that I found you. I am Florian Weinhold and I have self-published three books, so far. For the fourth, however, I will hold on, until a traditional publisher takes the bait.

I have published my three first books with createspace. Did it all alone on my own. The first two books will be only of minor interest here, as they deal with Gangster films and (more theoretically) with film genre and genre as such.

My third book, however, "Three Wizards and A Wedding or How The End of The World Began" fits this website and forum like a dwarf's fist fits onto an elf's eye, splendidly and with staggering impact, I hope.

I am more than happy to share my experiences with createspace. Perhaps, some of you would like to read my "Three Wizards and A Wedding", which is only a long short story and the beginning to a much larger opus.

You can download a free ebook (I got this through kindle and can help you here too) from my homepage www.florianweinhold.com

So, hello again and well met.

Florian

Offline TimStead

Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2015, 02:00:24 AM »
All quiet on the self publishing front...

So how are those books working for you, Florian. I have just put out a fourth fantasy novel on Amazon and plan two more for 2015 (already written).

Do you have any thought on publicity? Does anyone want to know about my experiences with trying to get people to buy my books? It all comes down to four things:

Write it
Cover it
Get reviews
Advertise

each of these covers a multitude of sins, of course, and by own particular demon (as for so many of us) is writing the back cover blurb.

cheers
Tim

Offline YordanZh

Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2015, 08:18:53 PM »
How many early reviews would you say is the minimum for a self-published book on amazon/createspace/b&n/others to be moderately successful? I haven't started self-publishing yet - in fact I'm a traditionally published author in my home country (Bulgaria), but at the moment I'm getting a fantasy novel translated into English (recently completed a successful (106%!) CF campaign for the translation) and will self-publish it in English in 3-4 months. I have ~100 readers' emails from the CF campaign and I plan to ask them all for a (honest) review/rating but surely not all will do it. So - what number should I aim/hope for? Being from Bulgaria I don't need that much income to be able to sustain myself - I'm hoping for 2-3 thousand e-book sales in the span of an year before I finish and publish/self-publish my next novel.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2015, 09:20:06 PM by YordanZh »

Offline GordonAtkins

Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2015, 06:50:17 PM »
I am not sure the actual number of reviews will correlate to how successful you can be. I think the quality of the review, plus the exposure of it would be more beneficial. That's still something I am working on, so I haven't sussed it out myself yet. I have only just released my first novel, so its still very early days for me.

I went with CreateSpace to self publish, and I have to say, I have absolutely no complaints. I am very impressed with the editing, layout, help, documentation etc. They made the whole process painless.

Now I have to get my marketing into gear, now that the kindle version is up and ready. With the physical book I have very limited flexibility on pricing due to the production costs. The kindle version will give me the flexibility to try and tempt readers in.

1) Presentation - First impressions count for a first time author
2) Pricing - No one is going to spend a lot on an unknown author
3) Reviews - finding the right place to get a review
4) Advertising - Twitter/Facebook/Genre Based Fan Sites
5) Luck & Timing

I have to get all of those right to stand a chance of succeeding. At the end of the day, I self published to generate some attention and sales to enable myself to get an agent. I didn't do it to cut out the middle man. My theory was, if I can get a quality product (well written, edited and presented) to show to agents, I will have a better chance in the future. Only time will tell if I am right.

Gordon

Offline Davidjb

Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2015, 01:32:29 PM »
Writing a novel and self-publishing it was all OK bar a few hiccups. It's the marketing which is the real difficulty for self-published authors, in my view.

I enjoyed creating a website and quite enjoy improving it over time. SEO (Search Optimisation) is a bit of a mystery, still. Initially I was quite successful with my website but after Google changes it seems to have become much more of a challenge.

I have some excellent reviews from fantasy book bloggers and readers, and that's a real tonic when you get a new review and it makes the hard work worthwhile. My favourite review was a lady who said she didn't want the book to end and had slowed down reading the last novel in the trilogy. Marvelous.
Author of Drachar's Demons, Legacy of the Eldric, Dragon Rider and Shadow of the Demon
The Prophecy of the Kings Saga
http://davidburrows.org.uk/

Offline Jmack

  • Hircum Magna Rex of the Fabled Atku Temple, and writing context regular
  • Writing Group
  • Elderling
  • ****
  • Posts: 5501
  • Total likes: 3582
  • Gender: Male
  • Trapped by choice in the Apple garden
    • View Profile
Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2015, 02:21:21 PM »
Writing a novel and self-publishing it was all OK bar a few hiccups. It's the marketing which is the real difficulty for self-published authors, in my view.

I enjoyed creating a website and quite enjoy improving it over time. SEO (Search Optimisation) is a bit of a mystery, still. Initially I was quite successful with my website but after Google changes it seems to have become much more of a challenge.

I have some excellent reviews from fantasy book bloggers and readers, and that's a real tonic when you get a new review and it makes the hard work worthwhile. My favourite review was a lady who said she didn't want the book to end and had slowed down reading the last novel in the trilogy. Marvelous.

That is super. May that happen to me more of us one day.
"Next year: Jerusalem."
Change, when it comes, will step lightly before it kicks like thunder. (GRMatthews)
You are being naive if you think that any sweet and light theme cannot be strangled and force fed it's own flesh. (Nora)

Offline Tim_Routledge

Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2016, 07:02:05 PM »
I recently self-published my book Immortal earlier last year. The reason I chose to self-publish was so that I could keep my cover, title, and the story how I wanted it. I know several authors who have gotten their books published through a publishing company and was forced to change these things.

The only downside to self-publishing is self-advertising and promoting.

But I care more about the content and keeping my story, mine. Rather than the amount of money I take in. Although, I won't deny that I wish I could be taking in more money every month from sales. But such is life.

Offline Yehya Safwat

Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2017, 05:37:37 PM »
Hello guys.
Would anyone be so kind as to guide me to where should I post my kindle free deal promotion?

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
28 Replies
6273 Views
Last post April 10, 2012, 09:38:05 PM
by Overlord
2 Replies
1074 Views
Last post July 01, 2012, 12:57:23 PM
by Blackavar
21 Replies
6489 Views
Last post February 25, 2015, 01:43:19 AM
by markwill212
10 Replies
569 Views
Last post March 08, 2016, 04:00:48 PM
by CameronJohnston
37 Replies
1766 Views
Last post March 27, 2017, 09:41:44 AM
by RavenOne