• DIY (Do It Yourself),  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Indie Publishing Update

    It’s been a while since my last publishing update, so it’s update time! 😀 First, my KDP Select (Kindle Unlimited) Experience. To start, launching in KU versus enrolling post launch, in my experience, resulted in a whole lot more page reads. That said, there is a 30 day drop off across the board, unless the book is just a rockstar or something. Also, I didn’t have a lot of crossover reads. It’s hard to tell between my first two books since I put them in at the same time, but when I launched WHISPER, WINTER’S SIREN, for example got zero post launch page reads, and NO REST FOR THE WICKED…

  • DIY (Do It Yourself),  Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    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…

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    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Five

    MONTH SIX This was a busy month! Since my last update, I’ve gotten to hold physical copies of my books in my hand, and the energy coming off of them feels so good! ^_^ I got proofs from Createspace and NookPress. NookPress uses Ingram/Lightning Source as their printer. In case anyone was wondering about the print quality differences between the two, here are my thoughts: The print quality in general is very, very similar. Createspace flattened my interior graphics a little, which made them look a little textured. This doesn’t bother me, but NookPress/Ingram didn’t do that. Createspace uses slightly lighter ink and heavier paper, which means the books weigh an ounce more…

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    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Four – The Basics

    Here are some things I’ve learned over the past few months: How to find a Cover Designer Cue mini rant – Never under any circumstances should anyone put their book out into the world without a cover. I read a story on the Absolute Write forum by someone who actually put her book up on Amazon without a cover on it!! Someone felt sorry for the poor girl and made a cheapo, but pretty, abstract cover for her to slap on there, but REALLY?! End PSA. There is always Google, but I found it more helpful to do three things: 1) Ask your writing friends who have published a book where…

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    Formatting Tales + A Cover Reveal (The Elysian Prophesy)

    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 InDesign along with a template and a video tutorial. Yeah, no. It was so not something I could figure out in a reasonable amount of time. And before that experience, I tried to use a few different templates and MS Word. Maybe they’re all fine and it’s just me, but those accompanying videos sounded like gibberish.…