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Searching for a GUEST BLOGGER

Hello everyone. This is my first time doing this so let’s see how it goes.

I am in search of one or more guest bloggers who have A LOT of experience with Self-Publishing. I would like to discuss how to get published (either through self or traditional publishing) but as I only have experience with traditional publishing, I would like another, more experience voice.

If you are interested, please comment below and answer a few questions. If we seem to be a good fit, I will email you for further instructions.

Thank you in advance!

 

Questions:

1. Why did you go into self-publishing instead of traditional publishing?

2. What have you published?

3. How did you self-publish (this should be the meat of your post)

4. How successful was your experience with self-publishing?

5. What tips would you offer someone who wants to self-publish?

 

27 thoughts on “Searching for a GUEST BLOGGER”

  1. I went into self publishing because 1. I thought that it was a better idea to find quicker readers. 2. Because 2 years later when I tried to publish my books in the old fashion they were rejected.

    I’ve published The Theory of Fate and Who Went Out of Africa

    I’ve opened 2 websites just for my books, giving the description about them and the download link
    You can find an example here: http://www.thetheoryoffate.weebly.com

    I would say that I’ve been quite successful. Looking at the stats, i could see lots of people being interested.

    I would say to the self publishers: Go ahead don’t waist your time waiting for an answer that you might never get.

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  2. Just seen your post… I can’t reply in depth at the moment, but I’ve self published 5 books, all available on Amazon (one of those books I made available for free and the reviews are overwhelmingly). The sales aren’t great – and therefore I don’t feel I’m your guest blogger – but I’m more than willing to share my experience if you think it will help you and your readers.

    I’m currently looking for an agent, and to go down the traditional route with several picture books I’ve written. Kind of the opposite direction to you 🙂

    Sorry I can’t reply in more depth at the moment but please get in touch if you want to know more.

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          1. I started using Lulu.com, which is a print-on-demand website. They print the books and post them out to whoever orders them, then they take a cut. This is your typical print-on-demand business model.

            I then decided to use Amazon, just because, well, it’s Amazon. It’s a giant. They make the process pretty straight forward, and I imagine it’s only going to get easier. If you scroll to the bottom of Amazon’s homepage, there’s an option “Publish with us”… clicking that is the start of the step-by-step process. (Or go to kdp.amazon.com)

            I used Amazon for my ebooks and Createspace (owned by Amazon) for my paperbacks. The process on Createspace isn’t as straight forward, but still fairly easy. And trust me, I’m not tech savvy in the slightest, so if I can do it then anyone can. Although it has been a process (and at times a stressful one) of trial and error. But I learned a lot from not getting it right – as we do. It’s why I feel somewhat comfortable sharing my experience with you now.

            I used Audible (again, owned by Amazon) to create my audiobooks. You upload your book and narrators send you their “auditions”, if they’re interested. You choose the one you like and hey presto, you now have an audio version of your book available on Amazon. That’s three streams of income from one book.

            I also created a children’s picture book on grief using Amazon’s Kindle Kids’ Book Creator. Again, fairly straight forward. My friend illustrated it.

            Whilst creating your ebook or paperback you can create a front cover using Amazon’s templates. I originally did this, but they can be very insipid and unoriginal, and if you want to be unique and for your book to stand out then it’s worth paying someone to design one for you. It doesn’t have to be expensive. I used fiver.com for three of my covers. I’ve read several reviews of my free book saying they bought it because of the cover – so it’s important.

            You can upload your ebook to other sites like Draft2Digital, and they give you the choice of making your book available on things like iTunes.

            In order to make your book free to download – which isn’t a bad idea because you can treat it as your bait book, simply to hook readers in and get your name on their “readar” – you have to go through a website like Draft2Digital (like I did) and make it free on there first. Then you have to go to Amazon and they will match the price. You can’t make your book free using Amazon alone. They don’t provide an option for this.

            Hope that’s been helpful for you 🙂

            Feel free to ask me anything else and I’ll try my best to answer.

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  3. This is a great idea and I look forward to seeing the guest post! I am currently deciding between the two for a novel I wrote and am researching both personal experiences and professional opinions as much as possible : )

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