I’m compelled to write another blog about the value of eBook and self-publishing. Since I re-blogged the “Self-publishing is destroying the world”, I’ve had a lot of conflicting opinions on the subject. The truth is, there will always be those who (rightly in many cases) assert that a published author will always trump self-published. I don’t suppose that many of you who weren’t fortunate enough to be picked up out of the millions of authors who like me thought – “I can cut it, I’ll have agents and publishing houses bidding over my fantastic book” – would seriously turn down an offer to publish, if that offer came along.
I’ve said many times before, in blogs, interviews, on Facebook, and other online places, that I never sought to be a number one best-selling author. I didn’t even know if I had the ability to even finish a book, and no one was more surprised than I, when I did actually do it.
So what’s my point? Well I self-published. I just wanted people to read my book. So after a lot of work and a lot of effort on the part of some fantastic people – John Campbell, Wendy Bertsch, Rob Reddan, Susan Finlay, Alex Laybourne, Phil Abbott, and of course the amazing Richard Sutton, who I will come back to a little later – I eventually published my little story. Then I held my breath because it was done, available to anyone, ready for downloading – ready for people to critique it.
Then it happened. My first review – 5 stars! Okay, this was from a family member, so I wait, and another from a close friend. Okay, this is good, but I need – wait – my first review, 5 stars, from someone who did not know me and then another… THAT is an amazing feeling. Not coerced, not polite because they “know me” – honest – and they like it!
So the burning question is: How does a self-published author like me, achieve sales in the midst of a million books? Well, I thought about this a lot recently. First of all, I have a Facebook page and am building an online presence. I recently read George Takei’s “Oh Myy. There goes the Internet” and gained a little insight into marketing myself. Of course, George is an international icon who had a fan base already, all I had was a few online friends – but it didn’t put me off. I have managed to gain 9000+ likes for my author page. Recently I started to use Facebook advertising to gain more. Yes I pay for likes, but my budget is small and the success has been worth the effort. The other thing I have – and anyone who is planning to do this should read this very carefully – I have an amazing cover. That’s down to Richard Sutton. The cover for my book sells my book, that’s a fact.
I published my stats for the months of January to May – so go read that if you want to know how many books I sold. The reality is I sold 190 books in May (an average of 6 books a day). As of this date, June 24th, I’ve sold 215 books (an average of 9 a day).
You can’t do it alone. You can’t do it without a substantial effort. Do I think my book could have been published? Sure, but it might have needed a lot more work. What I have done is proved to myself (and a potential backer) that I can write a book and sell it – and that’s what I’m doing. I can hold my head up high and say to a publisher, agent, whatever: “Hey my book sold x number of copies, I can sell books. That’s what I have. In addition to a brand new (In progress), really awesome, amazingly clever, fantastic Murder Mystery!”
So, who would like to publish my newest book then????
You know how to contact me ;o)