Thursday, March 1, 2012

Self Publishing tips/advice continued

Okay, so you've done your homework and read all about how to self publish and how to market once you are "live", right?  I thought so. ;)
I'm going to backtrack just a bit to make sure you are covered to go ahead and SP (self publish).  I published on first, because Mark Coker (founder) offers a free download of his formatting guide, and let me tell you, it's fantastic.  He does a great job of walking even the most tech challenged individual (such as myself) through everything step by simple step. Really wonderful. If you read his book and follow his steps, you'll do just fine formatting, and you won't have to pay someone to do it for you (though it's not that expensive to do that).  Publishing on Amazon for the kindle is a little different, but after formatting  for Smashwords, their are few tweaks to be made.

So, you did all that and now you want to know how to get your book in front of as many people as possible in order to actually make money on it.  Well, I'm going to share everything I know (and even share what others know, with their permission).

First, tell all your friends and family. Use the phone (oh my, the horror!), use Facebook, and e-mail to get this message out there.  They are you initial fan base, so tap into them.  You may find, as I have, not everyone you know and love wants an e-book in any form, but they can still help out by passing your book links and info. to THEIR friends and family.  And the chain begins...

Go with that, and meet me back here for the next step/tip.
Until next time my friends...

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