I’m about to embark into the unknown world of self-publishing my first book, In The End. Here I document my honest journey so far and the steps I think I’ll need to take. I’ll repost each time I have any major update or when I learn something new or if anyone comments with some useful or important information.
This is the first update after a week of activity on the project. All the updated sections are highlighted in blue.
Expected Publication Date – Autumn / Fall 2018
Write the book. DONE
Build a following. Build a community.
- Release chapters of the book to the world on WordPress. DONE – A new chapter released each day. Season Two published in the same way.
- Blog about the world. Write blogs about all kinds of things to do with the world the book is set in. Our world, but there’s a terrible disease and life has just become a whole lot harder!
- Blog about the process. That’s what this is all about!
- Get WordPress followers, get Facebook followers and build excitement about the book’s release. This week I hit the 500 WordPress Follower mark!
- Commission a cover – DONE
Under my own rules of how I wanted this work to develop, they’ll be no development editing of the work. It’s done! Now I need to get the work polished and hunt out those pesky typos, or mistakes as a good friend calls them! It’s the area I’m weakest at so I have to rely on my wife to do it for me and she’s a busy lady so I’m trying to be patient.
I’ve also decided to look through the work again myself and I’m glad I did. Although I’m not breaking my own rule set out above, I am changed more of the words and phrases than I thought I would have too. In the last week I’ve got through about three quarters of the chapters and I’m really enjoying re-reading!
Figure out how the hell I’m going to get this published on Amazon. I want to publish as an e-book and also use Amazon’s print-on-demand service. CreateSpace. So I’ve bought the top selling books on the subject from Amazon which the reviews seem to think will guide me through the process! Lots and lots to learn here, so much more information to be added.
It seems that using an Amazon Print on Demand services was the right choice from what I’ve read so far and much easier to format the work this way and then publish for Kindle. Plus it’s free to get your book on the shelves and if you want a copy it only costs the price of the book through the Amazon store. However I’d assumed I’d be using CreateSpace, but during my research I discovered KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). This is also a service from Amazon and from what I’ve read it seems a newer and improved service, with benefits to those authors outside of the UK. This calls for more research!
I’ve started to read through the books and straight away new tasks are popping out:
- Decide on the title. Is it right?
- Same too for the strap line.
- Come up with Keywords and Categories so people can find it when it’s sitting on the virtual shelves. Amazon is basically a search engine after all.
- Come up with the blurb. Now that is a daunting task!!
- I need to decide if I want to pay hundreds for my own ISBN I can use across all editions or just use the free Amazon one.
- Figure out what i’m going to put in the back end of the book. Options include:
- A call to action for Season Two
- Short Biography
- A link to my WordPress pages / Facebook
- Back page cover image. Hadn’t thought of that!
Continue to build the community and market the book. Lots to learn here. So far my marketing strategy consists of:
- Preparing a Amazon product / home page for the book
- Blogging (as above) – World building and about the process
- Writing Season Three and releasing on WordPress as I did with Season One and Two.
- Find a way to get people to provide reviews of the published book
- Print and send out author copies for review
Other decisions to make:
- Investigate Goodreads as a promo platform
Publish I guess. I’ll take Season One off WordPress and add in my own advertising to link to the book on Amazon. Lots more to learn here.
In parallel with all the above I’ll be doing the same for Season Two and writing Season Three.
Want to read Season One before I take it down? Here it is.
If I’ve made some massive misjudgement, missed out any step or you just have some advice, then please let me know in the comments.