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Fantasy Faction => Small Press & Self-Published => Topic started by: Autumn2May on January 08, 2012, 11:00:03 PM

Title: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: Autumn2May 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/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/self-publishing-discussion/)
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: Diggedag 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
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: TimStead 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
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: YordanZh 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.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: GordonAtkins 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
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: Davidjb 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.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: JMack 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."
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: Tim_Routledge 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.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: Yehya Safwat 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?
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: stellastokerwriter on May 03, 2017, 02:23:09 AM
Name: Stella Stoker
Email:stellastokerauthor@yahoo.com
Website URL:https://bartonhollowserialnovel.com/
Novel Title: The Barton Hollow serial
Genre:paranormal romance
Length:10 k
Format:.pdf
Back Cover Blurb:From author Stella Stoker comes a sweeping paranormal romance. A weekly, serialized novel that will have you craving each new chapter in this epic saga.
Eighteen year-old Allegra Fleur has grown up hearing tales of the mysterious Barton family from her grandmother. She's been obsessed with meeting them her entire life. Even if her mother insists the Bartons are nothing but trouble. However, after her mother dies in a car accident, Allegra finds herself thrust into the Barton's world. Barton Hollow is small, consisting of the old family estate, and the few surrounding neighbors. The moment she arrives, Allegra gets a vague warning from one of them.
"There are three rules to surviving Barton Hollow. The first is don’t trust the werewolves. The second is don’t trust the werewolves. Third, don’t go into the Barton house. And fourth, don’t trust the Grave Keeper."
A serial paranormal romance novel with new parts published weekly.  Coming May 5th, 2017.
How Many Copies Available for Reviewers: 1, and if they include their address I will send them some free book swag
Stipulations: Must be posted sometime in May.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: abatch on May 12, 2017, 06:18:52 PM
The marketing is tough: it never ends and seems to take up a lot of what would otherwise be good writing time. And it's a process of years, not weeks or months. Years.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: abatch on November 03, 2018, 07:01:57 PM
Where is everybody?
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: Rostum on November 05, 2018, 12:38:38 AM
Sadly they are all on twitter and Facebook only us dinosaurs left. FF FB have 10,000 followers now.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: CameronJohnston on November 05, 2018, 12:42:02 PM
Yeah, it's mostly on Facebook these days. There are whole Facebook groups devoted to self-publishing.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: JMack on November 05, 2018, 01:09:03 PM
Facebook is, oddly, a bit faceless for me unless it’s with friends I know in the physical world. This forum works for me because we interact with many of the same people over a long period and in many threads, while still getting a movement in and out of new folks. Which has nothing to do with self-publishing.  But just saying.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: CameronJohnston on November 05, 2018, 01:26:08 PM
I don't like it much, and deleted my personal FB 10 years ago. That said, I've had a lot of good writer-related things come from having a page where I post author-type stuff and from joining a few groups, so it's definitely useful.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: NedMarcus on November 05, 2018, 11:54:04 PM
The FB writing groups are one of the main reasons I use FB. Some good people, and a lot of useful information that's hard to find in other places.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 06, 2018, 04:12:40 AM
Facebook is, oddly, a bit faceless for me unless it’s with friends I know in the physical world. This forum works for me because we interact with many of the same people over a long period and in many threads, while still getting a movement in and out of new folks. Which has nothing to do with self-publishing.  But just saying.

I agree with @JMack and @CameronJohnston  the community here is intimate, kind and just wonderful in every way.

Facebook may be large, but a horde of internet trolls, clickbaity posts, a system designed for one-word responses... it's all really gross, unthinking, superficial and Brave-New-World-esque to me.  I'll take 10 wonderful people here over the multitudinous expansive garbage heap that is facebook and twitter any day.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: BenSpencer on January 05, 2019, 07:41:53 PM
The 20booksto50k group on facebook has some interesting information from time to time.
Title: Re: Join the Self Publishing Discussion!
Post by: paul1975 on May 20, 2019, 09:29:44 AM
hello all, I'm new on here. I've got two books done in a series of three. These are from the 'Bolan's Quest' series, a fantasy trilogy.

ive re-released the first book as my first 'stab' at all this self publishing was overwhelming. ive put the link to it on amazon here, but if anyone can offer any advice on how to get some readers, I'd appreciate it. I tried with amazon before, and honestly it seems its just there for them to make money rather than assist in promoting books in anyway.

does anyone think having your own website and selling the books directly via download is better?

thank you

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