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The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Seven

Hey, hey! ^_^

A lot of things happened this month! I published a book, I uploaded some videos to YouTube, I got some sleep. 🙂 So, what’s on the topic agenda this week?

Marketing. I know everyone says not to stop marketing book one to work on book two, but I don’t know what to do right now. I guess I need to listen to more marketing stuff on my podcasts, but a lot of the things I read say that all marketing efforts are more effective when you have more than one book out, at least as an indie author. I don’t have a ton of reviews or a publishing house like Harper Collins or Macmillian to give me street cred. Right now though, I feel like the best thing I can do is get more work out and not fall off the internet. And keep reading and learning stuff, of course. ^_^

Giveaways. So, despite people saying that it’s best to do gift cards or a book that isn’t your book, I chose to do a copy of my book. The reasoning behind not doing that is because they say people won’t buy your book if you’re giving it away because they’ll just wait and see if they win it. My reasoning for going against that is that no one knows who I am. Getting visibility is more important. I know how long it takes me to decide to buy a book by someone new, and it helps if I see it a lot. Also, I did a Goodreads giveaway that I ended before my book came out, because of that advice, and I really don’t think it would have mattered if I had the giveaway going on all month. I actually had a giveaway run with a gift card only (this was something that was done for me). So comparing the three giveaways, the gift card seemed to get the least amount of attention. Obviously, I’m not an expert on this, but I don’t think it matters, at least not for a new author. I’m might try a different release day giveaway for my next book and compare first day sales, but I think it’s more fun to give away my book.

Promotion Companies. I know I said I was going to work with a couple of more people before making a decision, but I have a few thoughts on this. Without getting into too much detail, things didn’t go super smooth with the release day. Everything went well enough for the most part, but if I decide to work with someone new in the future, I am going to talk to people who have worked with them first so I know what to expect. I wouldn’t mind if someone emailed me about my experiences, so I’m guessing other people probably wouldn’t mind too much either.

Amazon Ads. This has been more entertaining and interesting than anything else, and again, it probably falls into the kind of advertising that’s more effective if you have more books and reviews. But I learn best by trying, and the cost is too low not to try. I listened to a couple of webinars about it, and they both preferred sponsored product ads to the product display ads, but I’m getting better results on the product display ad. In any case, it’s been fun to play around with. ^_^

Writing News. I was having a super hard time writing most of this month. Reason number one: Regarding “The Puppet Box” – I had to rework things from when I had started working on it in the fall. Instead of deleting my old outline, I wrote notes over it with the assumption that I would throw out anything I didn’t need as I went. Turns out, I had to throw out about 80% of it, which meant there was a lot scrambling and consolidation and deleting and rewriting, but I’m all past that now. Reason number two: I kept worrying if what I’m working on is as good as or better than the previous story, because I don’t want people to read one book and then read another one and be disappointed. On the bright side, I’m assuming that there will be people who will read multiple books by me. On another side, I struggle with every book at some point, so, it’s really nothing new. Thankfully, things are on the upswing now. “The Puppet Box” is a lot weirder than I thought it was going to be, and I’m having fun and falling in love and beating off shiny plot bunnies, because it just never ends, and I love it. #writinglife Right? ^_^

Since I decided being on YouTube was a good idea, here’s a link to this week’s video. 😛

Until next week! ^_^


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The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Four – The Basics

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Hey!! Dudes! After having a meltdown over formatting (haha), I finally used my brain and rewatched some of the YouTube videos I found so helpful last September. Because I was thinking, “Surely someone talked about formatting.” And they did! About the meltdown (bless my family, right?), I was trying to use a free trial of… Continue Reading