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Monday, May 23, 2011

Publish Your Book for Free on Amazon.com (4)

My book Battles and other stories has been available on Kindle and Smashwords for about three months now. I've sold 6 copies altogether. I've done very little promotion. Primarily, I've set up pages on Facebook and mentioned the book on my home page on Facebook once, I think, and I've mentioned it a few times on my blog. Oh, yes, I've mentioned it two or three times on AgentQueryConnect, in which I received some helpful feedback from RC Lewis, who downloaded the book to her devices and gave me tips. That's about it. I'm very happy with the results in the sense that I got my book out there, and I've learned quite a bit in preparation for self-publishing my novel later this year. I have a clear understanding of my weaknesses in self-publishing, although I don't have a clear understanding of how to fix the problems. I have much to learn. But I feel that it's do-able. I've had some good feedback on the stories themselves, primarily from Tanya Reimer. I was a guest recently on her blog, in which she interviewed me and said very nice things about the book. I feel that I'm now a published writer, though I'm not kidding myself that I've achieved anything great or spectacular. In fact, I've accomplished very little. I'm virtually an unknown, and that's as it should be at this point. I've now got to up my game, so to speak. When I publish the novel, I want to be much farther along in the self-publishing process.

2 comments:

Ann Best said...

As soon as I finish a story for a contest, deadline today, I'm going to read the rest of your wonderful stories (I've read the first one; it's excellent) so I can do a review for you on Smashwords. And I'll put it up on my blog, too.

To get the word out, I've found that one needs to blog, blog, blog--making friends with the wonderful people in bloggerland. Feature your stories here on your blog by putting an icon of the beautiful cover on your sidebar. etc etc
Ann Best, Memoir Author

Ann Best said...

p.s. You should get an icon of your stories on your sidebar so people can see it the instant they come into your site. I'm right now composing a post that will hopefully direct some traffic your way! These stories are worth a wide audience. I've finished reading Battles, and had goosebumps at the end. I will never forget Father Anselm, God's hands. And battles: a great title. So many kinds of battles here, the most significant one the battles that are fought in our own souls.