I see a lot of discussions about whether or not there should be a seal of approval for indie books. Something that guarantees that the time, effort and commitment needed to produce a quality book have been lovingly put in.
Submitting your ebook to Amazon? Ask yourself if DRM will damage more than protect you…
Nobody said the life of a writer would be easy but it must be a shock to every indie author’s system to finish the final page of their novel and realize that the work has only just begun! Never have there been so many decisions to be made in such a short space of time, ranging from which editor to use to whether or not to hire a cover designer or try and produce your own artwork. Forget being a writer: you’ll need to become a master marketer, a superb salesman and a networker extraordinaire! And somehow, in and among all this, you’ll need to be working on your second book to ensure that all the interest you generate doesn’t ebb away over time.
So why would anyone choose to publish independently? Surely it’s nothing but work, work, work? Hard work it may be but there are actually great benefits to it…
1) Smashwords – if you’re not already using Smashwords, you should definitely check it out. The site recently published its three billionth word and boasts over 70,000 books across over 28,000 authors. With a range of free books and stories available, plus paid books retailing from $0.99 up, it’s almost impossible not to find something good(…)
I’ve been loyal to Amazon UK. I’ve been using it for over a decade and I’d probably faint if I knew how much I’d spent with them during that time but when it comes to that gift you need in a hurry or the book you can’t find elsewhere or the DVD boxset your friend/cousin/brother(…)
I’m going to share a little secret with you. It’s not really a closely guarded secret – millions of people already know about it – but I daresay if you stopped a random stranger in the street and mentioned it, they’d look at you blankly. The secret is… Smashwords. If you’re an author reading this(…)
I have nothing against 99 cent ebooks. I’ve bought them, I’ve read them and I appreciate that now it is easier than ever for authors to put their work out there and so pricing is at an all time low. Whether books are priced $0.99, $2.99 or $4.99, it’s hardly a financial risk to try(…)