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Indie Publishing: 5 Tips To Get Started

Indie Publishing: 5 Tips To Get Started

You’re into indie publishing. Good for you — self-publishing has great rewards, even for new authors. Who knows, you may hit it big with your first couple of books. On the other hand your books may bomb. It’s more likely that neither thing will happen. You’ll publish, and publish some more, and slowly build your readership, and business.

A couple of readers have asked about the “risks” of indie publishing. My response: “What risks? You’re putting your books out into the marketplace. They sell or they don’t. If they don’t, you write more books. You’re in charge. You don’t answer to an acquisitions editor, a literary agent, or a publisher.”

Risks? I was baffled, until I figured it out. To new authors, indie publishing is seen as risky because you do it all yourself. You’re betting on yourself. It’s lonely. You need courage and confidence.

Writers like the validation of traditional publishing. Then you can assume that your book’s in good hands. I understand. However, if you talk to authors who’ve been traditionally published, and opted to go indie, you may feel a lot better about your choice. Not more confident — that’s impossible until you publish a few titles — but better. Your confidence will grow. It’s normal to be nervous.

Here’s a truth for you: no one knows what will succeed. No one. So you might as well keep writing.

These tips will help.

1. Build a mailing list now, before you publish

You’ve heard about mailing lists. You’ve decided that you’ll start building your list after you’ve published a couple of books.

Why, oh why???

Start building your list now.

Yes, before you publish a single book.

Write a blurb for your book, convert the first chapter into a PDF, and offer it as a free download for subscribers. Post your blurb onto a Web page, and start collecting subscribers.

An additional tip; put a link to your mailing list page in the front matter of your books, rather than the back matter.

Lists are easy to set up. I’ve been using aweber for my lists for over a decade, but there are many list providers.

2. Hire an editor, and get a cover

Editors are busy. Book an editor as soon as you have an idea of when you’ll finish your first draft. Check forums for editors in your genre, or hire one on one of the outsourcing websites.

Get your cover designed asap too. If you’re doing it yourself to save money, create the cover now. Once your cover’s designed, your book will seem more real.

3. Schedule your writing time each day

To publish a book, you need to finish it, so schedule writing time daily. Inspiration is fine, but it won’t help you to complete your book. Time spent on it will.

4. Get a large calendar, and plan the rest of 2015, and early 2016

Buy a wall calendar, or draw one yourself on a large sheet of paper. Work out your publishing plans month by month. Put the calendar where you can see it. I like this idea for creating your own wall calendar with chalkboard paint.

5. Join a writer’s group, and/ or get a writing buddy

If you’re a new author, it’s lonely. You need support. Join a supportive writer’s group. With luck, you’ll find a kindred soul who will become your writing buddy.

So there you have it — use these tips. Indie publishing is lots of fun. Take it day by day, and before you know it, you’ll be a published author.

Story Power: short stories made easy

Story Power

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Write with me: over four weeks, you’ll discover HOW to not only write short fiction, but also make money at it. I make a very nice income ghostwriting fiction for clients, and also selling my own short fiction under various genre pen names.

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Clever Book Marketing Ideas

Tell Me When It Hurts
Writing your book is fun. You wouldn’t write if you didn’t love it. Marketing your book is something else. Many writers would rather snooze on a bed of nails.

It doesn’t have to be that way. I coach writers, and I’m fond of telling them: “If you don’t enjoy the marketing you’re doing, do something else!”

These days, there are so many options for marketing, that it’s impossible for you to hate all the options which are available to you.

For example, this article 31 Book Marketing Ideas You Can Use Today! — Self Publishing Team, gives you some great ideas. Best of all most of the tasks are quick and simple:

“Create a freebie to release exclusively to your email list; try a short story, alternate-POV chapter or flash fiction.
Design limited-edition packaging for your book.
Release a snippet of your WIP/next book on your blog — make it a cliffhanger!”

I love marketing, but that wasn’t always the case. I cringed for years. Finally, I did enough of it to realize that marketing is a good thing. You’re helping people by making them aware of your work.

Another couple of marketing ideas:

* Write a short blog post commenting on an indie book you’ve read recently. It doesn’t have to be a long review — you can link to the author’s site or Goodreads. Just give your heartfelt opinion. This is something I’m planning to do. While I love reviewing books, it takes time. I keep shoving it to my “later” list. I finally decided this is silly. If I love a book, why not let people know?

* Write a short Amazon review praising a book which has given you pleasure. Every review counts. Be honest, but stick to reviewing books you enjoyed. I know how hard writing is, so I’d never review a book I don’t love.

Why review/ praise others’ books?

Firstly for encouragement. I love reading, and I never want to run out of great books to read. Secondly, karma counts. We can’t expect others to review our books if we don’t make an effort ourselves.

What I’m reading

I just finished Tell Me When It Hurts; it’s a great read, with a truly unusual heroine.

Writing Fiction: Write in a Genre or Not?

Want to get published? Here’s a tip, if you’re writing a novel: pick a genre.

In the four years since I wrote this blog post, First Steps To Write A Novel: Pick A Genre, I’ve had several ill-informed comments from unpublished writers who think they know how to write and sell.

That’s fine — when you’re writing a book, it’s your book, so do what you please.

But it’s advice you should consider if you’re serious about writing a book and getting published.

You can even create your own genre, as Mary Higgins Clark has done, over many years.

As this article, Mary Higgins Clark: The Case of the Best-Selling Author – WSJ.com, points out:

“Ms. Clark has perfected a formula that appeals to a broad swath of mystery readers, 70% of whom are women. Her novels feature beautiful, intelligent women in danger, who often orchestrate their own escapes. Her heroines tend to be ambitious, self-made professionals—doctors, lawyers, journalists, interior designers. “

Why pick a genre? Essentially, because readers want what they want, and they want certain types of books at certain times. Paranormal novels are a genre, which Amanda Hocking has mined to the tune of $4 million in a year.

Suspense, romance (and its many sub-genres), science fiction, mystery etc are all genres.

If you’re a new writer, writing in a genre may seem to constrain you, however those boundaries can teach you how to write — and if you’re serious about writing fiction, it’s something you need to learn.

Books surpass their genres to become mainstream bestsellers every year. So just write the best book you can.

The Write A Book Collection — the ultimate toolbox for writing and selling your books

These days it’s crazy to spend years writing a book, without having any idea as to whether or not you can make money from it. If you want to write, you can – you have a global market, which is hungry for information and entertainment. And YOU can provide it… even if you’re a brand new author.

As you may know, I write and sell many writing guides. I also sell information products in many other areas than writing.

I want to show you how you can do the same, if you wish. Your dreams of writing a book can be the spark which changes your life.

I’ve collected everything I know about writing and selling your books into my brand new Write A Book Collection: it’s the ultimate toolbox for anyone who wants to write and sell books in 2010 and beyond.