So you want to write a book? Or maybe you already have but aren't sure what to do next?
A few years ago, I began this journey myself, and shared it here on ATS. I haven't been on the boards much this past year (at least, not posting much,
but I am often browsing), largely due to the fact that I have been consumed with furthering what I hope to be a writing career. (as well as working a
job and raising kids)
My first book out was Bloodline, book one in a young adult, scifi trilogy. WHY did I share the process here? Well, I was VERY active in the boards
then, as I was on a bit of a hiatus from work, after being diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis. Writing became my source of building myself back up and
feeling like I was worth something still. (my mild symptoms have not progressed so I have since gone back to work part time)
Bloodline, and the Forgotten Origins Trilogy was largely inspired by the many conspiracy conversations I took part in right here on ATS. The story
itself is interwoven with SO many threads of ancient aliens/alternate history/ancient astronauts and myths/legends/prophecies, that it's like an ATS
dream brought to life. I even got permission to reference ATS in the book, and JustMike.
Anyway, I completed the trilogy and then moved on to a middle grade mystery series, inspired by my childhood love for Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon.
It has been one heck of a process, and i continue to learn something new every day. I am slowly...VERY slowly, making progress and I would like to
share some of what I have gleaned with you.
Here is a short list of the most important things you can do as self published author:
*Have a polished, professionally edited story.
*Professional cover. (This is AS important, if not MORE important than the story)
*Set up as many social platforms as possible and stay active
-Your own blog
*Publish through KDP and Createspace (ebook and paperback versions on Amazon. Yes,they are a monopoly, but a great advantage to the indie author)
*Get into the Kindle Unlimited Program, especially if you have full length novels
*Get out and pimp yourself locally. Attend book fairs/street fairs, and set up book signings.
*Get as many reviews as possible, but be sure to follow the T&C for Amazon. They are VERY strict
Here is a LINK TO MY AUTHOR SITE
on Amazon. It is incredibly
important that you build this site up, promote it, and keep it current. take time to go in and edit/modify the book accounts. This is key to getting
your stuff in the search functions and algorithms on Amazon!!
The biggest mistakes I made starting out (and it set me back nearly two years), was not having a professional cover, not going through Amazon
originally, and not having any social media set up or advertising. I thought that if I put my book out there it would just sell. MWAHAHAHAHAHA
The ultimate advertising site for an indie author is called BookBub. They are expensive and extremely picky about who they chose to advertise, but it
is a dream come true for an indie author to get selected. They only take what they think are the best books in the selected genre, and that will sell.
They are the key to my current success.
For whatever reason, I have NOT been successful in selling my scifi trilogy. It's good. I have nearly 80 reviews between the three, with about a 4.7
average, but still....it won't sell. BookBub won't take them. I love the covers, but I've come to the realization that they might still not be good
enough for the VERY competitive YA genre. So...I am working on new covers.
However, they (BookBub), for whatever reason, love my kids series. They have taken two of them for free ads (28,000 free downloads between the two of
them) and right now they are running a .99 cent ad for the box set. Yes...that is something else. WRITE SERIES, and then put them in box sets. You
need to get as many books out as you can, in order to get noticed and get sales.
Anyway...my kids books are going quite well. The first one, The Mystery of Hollow Inn, has been a best seller in kids mysteries, and right now, the
box set is a best seller in three sub genres. It was actually AHEAD of The Giver the fist day of its sale!
Having said that, I have still only made 400 this month, but you know what? Just a year ago, I was excited to make TEN dollars....so this is downright
amazing for me.
If you have ANY questions, please fire away. I would love to talk with you about this process!
Here is a link to my box set that is on sale right now, if you want to take a look at it:
The Samantha Wolf Mysteries
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