Self-publishers often have to take a long and sometimes arduous route to success. One service might just take some of the stress out of the process.
Self-publishing options have overwhelmed prospective authors with a barrage of choices to professionally produce and market their books. Not only can publishing services be expensive and of uneven quality, recovering those publishing costs and as well as developing a committed readership can be elusive at best.
Crowdpublishr, a new Cambridge, Massachusetts based start-up, wants to give authors the opportunity to develop their audience in advance of publication and use these social connections to help pay for the needed publishing services. Writers can fund, publish, distribute and promote their books, all in a fun and easy to use on line platform. Crowdpublishr takes much of the risk out of indie publishing, starting with free promotional tools and then allowing authors to DIY or purchase the needed services.
Crowdpublishr Wants to Fund, Publish, Distribute & Promote Books | Crowdfund Insider.
Promotion! Promotion! Promotion! – self-publishers need to be actively themselves and their work. One route is to build a following through free giveaways.
Self-published novelist Jan Ruth, based in Wales, shares the success story of how she used free book giveaways to raise her profile and boost sales of her novel Silver Rain, while querying the rights and wrongs of having to give books away in order to sell more books.
The Value of Free Books – by Jan Ruth – Self-Publishing Advice.
There are a number of sites where self-publisher can advertise their latest publications. This article provides a useful overview.
Last year, a fellow author ran a discount special on her book. She and her publisher combined efforts and advertised the sale price on several sites. Her sales went through the roof, her book shot to the top of the Amazon charts, and she moved over four thousand copies.
A J Cavanaugh
Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Where to Advertise Your E-Books – Discounted, Free, and Otherwise.
I’m at the precipice — correcting comma splices, checking nouns — and am about to push my first title through Kindle.
6 Ways To Not Fail At E-Publishing
Self-publisher, Hugh Howey, author of Wool, talks to Sabrina Ricci about how he has sold over 1.5 million books.
You hear about it more and more frequently these days. A successful indie author creates a bestseller and is able to quit his day job to pursue his lifelong dream of writing. But how does an author get to that point? For Howey, it was a combination of strong storytelling—Wool went viral and sold 1,000 copies per month before he even started actively marketing it—and innovative, subtle marketing.
How One Successful Indie Author Marketed His Work Up the Bestseller Lists.
Independent novelist, Pam Dixon, describes her experiences of promoting two of her novels via Amazon’s KDP Countdown scheme:
via Pam Dixon @ Alli
The author of The Sisters Eternal, Lysa Taylor, draws on her own experiences and advises how to develop a community of enthusiasts for your publication:
via Lysa Taylor @ The Sisters Eternal