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The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Six

NO REST FOR THE WICKED┬ácomes out in two weeks!! OMG! ­čśÇ

I’ve learned a lot about timing these last several weeks. For one, I realized that had I known what I was doing, I could have released my book a month earlier. But you know what “they” say, I rather have too much time to prepare than not enough. It’s like when I’m traveling, and I have no idea where I’m going, I like to leave early in case I get lost along the way. A girl gets lost sometimes.

This month, I decided to go with IngramSpark instead of using NookPress. (I know, right! Less than one month out, and I freaking changed something!) This is for a couple of reasons, most of them having to do with future headache potential. But I just feel better about it overall. Plus, I’ll have the opportunity to have print book preorders this way, and that just makes me happy.

I also decided to de-list my book┬áwith Kobo’s direct platform and use Smashwords for Kobo distribution instead. I signed up with Smashwords after signing up to Kobo Writing Life, because I was originally going to go direct with most retailers. But after dealing with Apple for a day (I have zero patience sometimes), I signed up for Smashwords to simplify my life. I changed away from NookPress’s digital platform immediately because it’s terrible. That left Kobo. I flip-flopped over it for about a week, but I made the change last night.

Here are some things I’m going to do differently next time:

  • I’m not going to change my mind 50 times. The official list of companies I’m using is Amazon KDP, Smashwords, and IngramSpark. I’ll use Createspace if I have to, but the plan is to go through Ingram. I didn’t set a super low wholesaler discount, but it’s low enough that the royalty difference isn’t big enough to be worth the extra effort it would take to use Createspace. Plus, I really do like the quality of Ingram just a tiny bit better,┬áso hopefully the book will show up for sale by release day and Amazon won’t pitch a fit about the availability.

  • I honestly think six weeks of lead time is going to be plenty for the next book. I’ve had about 10 weeks to get ready this go around, which would have been way too much time had I known what I was doing and hadn’t made so many mistakes. Since we live and learn, I shouldn’t make those same mistakes next time or change my mind so much. ­čÖé

  • I’m going to have my next cover reveal about 4 weeks out instead of 8.┬áMaybe 6. It depends on how long it takes my proofreader, since I also decided to change editors for the next book. It wasn’t an unhappy thing. I was trying to cut my overall costs to give me more wiggle room, since I forgot about a number of expenses this go around, namely shipping. Changing editors was the easier way to do that. As of right now, I’m significantly under budget for my projected expenses. ^_^ Of course the new editors may be terrible, but people say great things about them, I like them as people so far, and I┬áthink they’re worth a try. I’ll have one editor doing content and copy editing and a separate editor doing proofreading.

Even though I told myself to stop, I watched some more webinars. Haha. I don’t know how much it’s helping, but it makes me feel a little better.

If you’re interested in going indie or if you’ve already on that route, Publishing Profits Podcast is a really good resource for indie-world news.┬áHe interviews self-published, hybrid, and some traditionally published authors about all kinds of publishing topics. There’s something for every genre and detailed show notes so you┬ácan pick and choose what to listen to.

Most of the headaches I’ve had were caused by tiny technical things that I didn’t know. People forget to tell you the small things. I also didn’t know that I needed a (free) publisher account with Smashwords in order for my publisher name to show up on the sales pages. This was a surprisingly easy fix though. And necessary, because I’m OCD, and while we largely get along, the publisher has to be uniform across the different sites or I’m going to obsess about it.

I’ve also been experimenting with blog tour companies. So far, it hasn’t been unpleasant, but I have my release day stuff and at least one other company, maybe two, that I want to try with my next book before I draw any final conclusions on what I think about them.

Okay. I’m ready for my book to come out now. Haha. ^_^


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