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Theoretical theories by theorists

I’m posting today, because the theory is that once the clock strikes midnight tonight, it’s NaNo time and I will not have a spare second to blog again!  This theory is most likely untrue as I suspect I’m not taking NaNo quite as seriously as some.  I’m writing short stories for one thing, one of which I’ve already started, so not writing a novel and starting in October are two strikes against me winning anything.  That’s not why I’m doing it anyways.  Sometimes it’s  fun to get fired up about something just for the hell of it.  I mean, I’m also kinda fired up about The Ducks ’cause I went to U of O, but it’s not like I even like football. 

Another theory that I was testing has proven not to work in my case.  Glimpse has 21 reviews right now, but has not made it into the Hot New Releases categories on Amazon or broken into the 1,000 and under rankings.  It’s hovering in the 2,000’s and selling like hotcakes, so I’m not at all disappointed about the theory not working. I reckon that Glimpse is too old (it came out in April) to be a Hot New Release.  Glimmer, that’s another story.  Here’s where I jack up the theory further: Glimmer has no reviews on Amazon.  Glimmer is on like, five, Hot New Releases lists.  Also selling quite well…and if you buy Glimmer and then realize you haven’t read Glimpse, you gotta buy it too.  Happy dances all around, I couldn’t be more pleased!

I’ve shut down the event at Goodreads because I gave out the codes to 36 people and I’d said to myself that I would stop at 35.  If you didn’t get in while the gettin’ was good, you still have until November 5th to win all three of my books at Zombiepalooza.

Everyone have a safe and fun Halloween!  Eat too much candy, it’s the last time you have a good excuse until December.

Self-publishing can be awesome. No, really.

I am by no means an expert on self-publishing, but I thought it would be helpful if I compiled all of the resources I use in one place.

If you want to publish an e-book, Smashwords is a good place to start. They offer up the most formats to publish in and the site is very easy to navigate.  By following a few simple rules, you can be included in their Premium Catalog and your book will be made available to Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobos, Apple, and Amazon.

After you’ve conquered Smashwords, the next place to go is Amazon.  Although with inclusion in Smashwords Premium Catalog your book will be sold through Amazon, I think it’s good to double up.  I’ve been waiting almost two months for Amazon though Smashwords to put Glimpse up for sale, but it took me less than a day to have it show up when I used Amazon directly.

Barnes and Noble is coming out with Pubit soon to compete with Amazon.  I’ve signed up to get more information when it launches.

Initially, when I joined Youpublish, I put up a free excerpt of Glimpse and then the whole book for sale.  After a couple of weeks, loads of people had read the excerpt and no one had bought the book, so I took both down.  Just today I decided to put the excerpt back up.  I’m not sure why I thought lots of people reading an excerpt of my book, but not buying it was a bad thing.  At the end of the excerpt I posted the links to purchase Glimpse on Smashwords and Amazon so that if people are interested in reading more, they can.

Scribd is a great place to put up excerpts of your work and illicit feedback.  I have the first forty pages of Glimpse on Scribd.  It just helps put you out there. Plus, there’s all kinds of weird-ass things to read on Scribd, from recipes to fan fic, to Fortune 500 companies quarterly reports.

If you want to publish your book as a paperback, CreateSpace is a great option.  I used them to publish my awesometastic paperback version of Glimpse that you see me having a photo shoot with a few posts back.  The quality is beyond what I expected.  Of course, you have to put into it what you expect to get out of it and make it look as professional as you can.

Another option that I haven’t used, but am considering trying out with my next book, Glimmer, is Lightning Source.  I’ve read good things about them from Zoe Winters-a wonderful resource to indie writers herself.

When I first started out on my self-publishing endeavors, I found a lot of useful information in ebook success 4 free by Jason Matthews.  It’s a good step-by-step plan to follow if you are starting from the beginning.  I highly recommend it.

I think I’ll save marketing strategies for another time, there are many and I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me.  For now, at least you know some options to go out there and publish your work for free.