As part of my writing journey through hell I discovered the world of self-publishing. Is it good or bad?
Well, here is what I have found, thus far:
My self-publishing has been limited to Amazon KDP. My first book, Nicholas’ Story, was published back in 2013. To date I have sold very few copies. The book is off the shelf now and no longer available. Why? Honestly, I learned a great lesson from that first book. Don’t rush to publication! The book was terrible. A great story of parental kidnapping, but terribly written. I was embarrassed and yanked it from the public. Needless to say, my first dabble of self-publishing was a bust.
My second ebook, How to Become a Freelance Writer – The Newbie Guide to Freelance Writing, was published in June and, despite my efforts to share with every social media site I am on, I have yet to sell one copy. I lowered the price from $2.99 to .99, set to take effect August 1. It will be interesting to see if the price change makes a difference. I will update this post once I find out.
My third book, Visions of Vera, a ghostly book with a great storyline, is up for a pre-order price of .99. The book will be released on October 19. It’s only been one week. I have been pushing this book everywhere. To date there has been 0 pre-orders.
So now what?
As a freelance writer, I know that selling a book as an unknown author is very, very difficult. After all, there are millions and millions of books out there. I will continue to push Visions of Vera. Harder than any other book I’ve written. I have spent over 20 years (on and off) writing this book. It is loosely based on actual occurrences. It’s a great story, set to be released before Halloween. I know it will take time to build a presence and get both my book and my name out to the public. But, I will not give up!
The world of self-publishing is a good world. Yes, it has some bad to it. Self-publishing requires an author to become a salesperson – something I am not. However, the years that I have spent on this book, the hours behind the computer screen, the endless research involved in creating the book, the blood, the sweat, and the tears are all part of self-publishing.
If I am unable to sell Visions of Vera on Amazon. I will be self-publishing hard copies and distributing them myself. Maybe I will try to get the book published by a traditional publisher and let them do the marketing for me. The book is so good that I expect it will become a motion picture someday. Not because I wrote it, mind you, but because it truly is a good story. It’s not like any scary movie I have ever seen or book that I’ve read. It deserves to shine in the spotlight.
Help a writer out – PLEASE
I don’t normally beg and plead. I’m a writer not a hobo. However, today, I will become a hobo and beg and plead my way to book success. Please check out Visions of Vera. Share with your friends – even if the book doesn’t tickle your fancy. It might interest someone you know. If you do check it out – please leave some feedback here. Let me know what you like or don’t like.
Check back here for updates as I set out to make a name for myself and become a best-selling author.