It's been a while.
I am tired.
I am also thrilled. The third book in my series launched a couple of days ago.
I finished my first month of sales on KDP Select through Amazon.
A few hundred people read my books and I made a few bucks. But more importantly, I learned a ton!
Where do I advertise? For how much? who reads this stuff anyways?
Two things that really helped me through my first month was:
This company is awesome and I was able to ad over 50 new email addresses to my mailing in one week list this way. And it keeps going up.
That is 50 strangers who read a chapter of one of my books and want to read more! Super cool!
Pay the $20/month subscription, it's worth it!~
The second thing that helped my sales a ton was:
This is Amazons advertising.
You get to pick your own key words. And it can be tricky. But I was really impressed with how Amazon tracks everything.
Down to the cost per click when someone clicks on one of my books.
First thing I learned that is invaluable:
My goals for the next month are to market my stuff smarter and not waste as much money.
I am hoping to sell more this month because I have four books out total.
We will see.
It is still exciting to see my stuff out there and to know that someone in Australia even bough my book!
Lessons learned. Pages written. A lot accomplished.
I am out!!!
Until next time.
I thought writing a book would be like this: coffee, candy, jazz music in the background, and a bird chirping at my window. Ya, not so much.
Ok so here is the thing: I don't like being told what to do!
I like things to be on my terms.
I like to write, but I like to write when I like to.
Do you see what I am getting at?
Ebooks are awesome. I am talking specifically Kindle (Amazon) and for me this means KDP Select.
So for all of you authors out there, listen up! (Or like me, maybe you don't think of yourself as a "writer" but as someone who writes and therefore you are not yet a real author). T
hat's ok, just listen.
How Do You Publish An ebook?
I wrote a book.
Well, a few actually.
I bought a nice pre-made cover from James @ Go On Write .
My husband showed me how to format with Vellum (really worth the money), and then I uploaded my manuscript to KDP.
I put in keywords, set up a free promotion that is offered ( I chose three days for free).
And I also decided to go with some Amazon marketing.
I have invested some money, I have listened to Podcasts and tried to come up with a marketing strategy. I filled out my author's page for amazon .
Seems like a lot, but this is just the beginning. I have to do some serious promoting.
What are the steps you should take when publishing an ebook?
Ok so here are the steps I am taking and maybe it will help you:
I am NOT AN EXPERT!
I am a newbie and anything that I learn, I will share here with you!
I hope you will find it helpful.
And even if you don't think so, maybe someone else will, so share it.
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My first E book series is due to come out in February of 2017.
I am so excited people! And you should as well because my first Romantic novel will be promoted on Amazon (KDP Select) for a either a countdown deal, or free for three days ( (he business part of me hasn't quite decided yet).
All of my work will be exclusively sold through Amazon and will be available for free on Kindle Unlimited.
I just finished the second book and am almost done editing. Yesterday I received my two professional book covers and I couldn't be more pleased. They are posted on my main page. The Amazon version of the first cover will be slightly edited to cover her bum, but isn't she a beauty?
Check out Go On Write www.goonwrite.com for brilliant E book covers done my James. He was super easy to work with and is super open to opinions and feedback. He has one loyal customer here.
Emily Uncensored book 1 has taken me a few months to write, what with the Holidays, being a step mom, oh ya and Did I mention that I am planning my own wedding!?
So much to do, but hopefully all three will be out and ready to view by April 1st. fingers crossed that the ideas keep flowing.
I will be posting on this blog about my adventures in self-publishing and what I learn along the way. I hope some of them will be useful. And I hope to keep the online book buzz going.
Thanks for reading!
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The other night I had a dream, a very vivid dream.
I woke up from the dream at 5am and began to write down what I dreamed about.
It was a story.
And it flowed out of me for hours and I didn't feel tired. That is the best feeling in the world!When creativity spills out like that.
But, writing isn't always like that.
Most days it is sticking to my outline and plot plans and knowing I need to write two or three thousand words.
Here is a helpful blog on how to write faster
It feels more like chipping away at a job, little by little. Jobs For Writers
But there is beauty in that too. It's called work!
There isn't anything wrong with hard work and in fact, I know that hard work is the only way good things happen in this world.
Writing is fun, it is creative, but it is also work. Editing, refining, talking with others about your writings. Writing is vulnerable.
If you are writing a novel, you are working. If you didn't know that already.
Luckily, I have an amazing partner to share my work with. He is also a writer. This is usually a good thing :)
How to Stay Married to a Writer
But in the end, it is just me and my computer. My is mind constantly receiving images that are translated onto paper for other people to read.
Writing when you don't want to is what makes someone a real writer.
As Anne Lamott would say (and I am not even paraphrasing, I'm just guessing here),
is that everyone wants to know how to get published, but few want to learn how to actually write.
That is when the passion truly shines, when you really just want to write. Because you are working towards a goal. Or because it is just plain fun and the story is rolling out of you like those gum-balls out of the machine at Walmart. (not that I shop there)
Don't diminish those days, they are the key to success:)
I wake to a blank, white, cratered ceiling. I turn sideways and notice the air cooling my cheeks, contemplating the risk of leaving my cotton sheets.
I lay there for a moment wondering whose life I am in and whose room I have contaminated with my lack of possessions and intensity…
I stare into the sun that rises intentionally, to cast me out of this darkness and fog…
Committing to myself, I lunge forward in one conservative motion and allow myself a deep breath of air to fill my lungs.
The day is new, the feelings old, the night retreats as my soul unfolds.