Self-Publishing

So, I have a question for everyone. Do you have any suggestions on what I should do publishing wise? I’ve researched publishing through Amazon, B&N, and Apple, and it seems if I do this, it should be Amazon first because they have a 90 day grace period before I can publish it anywhere else. Then there is the print on demand thing as well I’m thinking of doing eventually. I just hope people actually like my story, and it doesn’t just die. If you guys have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

6 thoughts on “Self-Publishing

  1. Your choice isn’t “publish on Amazon OR publish at B&N.” Your choice is “Publish exclusively with Amazon” (Called KDP – Kindle Direct Publishing) or “Go Wide” (publishing at Amazon, B&N, Ibooks, and a bunch of other places.).

    If you decide on KDP, you get a bit of boost in the following ways:

    1. Presumably, your book is a little more visible on Amazon. I’m not sure I’ve seen hard data to back this up, though.

    2. You’re entered into the Kindle Unlimited program. Readers pay $10 a month to read all the books they want. You get paid on a per page basis. Most months, my KU numbers exceed my sales numbers.

    3. You can advertise on Amazon. This is generally a fairly cheap option with decent ROI.

    It’s hard for me to see any reason not to start out exclusive with Amazon with your first book. The commitment is only 90 days, and the KU money is nice. Maybe if you write really short books with a relatively high purchase price, KU might be a bad deal for you.

    A lot of authors “go wide” because they don’t like putting all their eggs in one basket. I haven’t because a) staying in KU is easy, allowing me to focus more on writing more books rather than dealing with other sites and b) I make more money from reads than sales.

    Though this is an important decision for you, your primary considerations for success are:

    – Are you writing a book that readers want to read?
    – Does your cover convey to the readers that your book is the one they want to read?
    – Does your pitch (blurb, description, whatever) convey to the readers that your book is the one they want to read?
    – Does your sample (the start of your book) pull the readers into the story immediately?
    – Are you writing in a series?

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    1. Thank you so much for the info! I kind of wish I had learned some things about publishing in college, but you know, that would mean actually learning something useful for the future. Thanks again!

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      1. You’re welcome. Note that the kboards writer’s cafe is the source of most of my info. That’s where most of the really successful indie authors hang out and share their knowledge with newbs.

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  2. I would only say you will never know if you will succeed or fail until you try. Also, many of the most successful fail many times before succeeding. It is about learning. Don’t sweat success or failure. Just go for it! ^_^

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