I knew going into July that July was going to be crazy.
Family stuff, a work-related trip to California, just a lot of stuff going on this month. So I planned ahead, and front-loaded most of my writing. The bulk of that writing was finishing the draft of Broken Mirror, which is going to be my July book release. It allowed me to get a draft to my beta readers fairly early into the month, which has paid off because I’ve already gotten some feedback from two of them. This weekend will be my final edits and revisions before submitting it to Amazon and Smashwords.
I admit to being kind of nervous about this particular book. It’s the first one I’m going to try self-publishing in print. I’m planning on bringing some copies with me to The Princess Bride Experience in August, where I’m sharing an author table with Marian Allen. Red Tash and Eric Garrison will be there as well. It’s going to be a great place for fantasy and fairy tales.
A few bits of useful stuff I picked up, in my magpie way this month:
I tried doing the Summer/Winter Sale promotion on Smashwords, hoping it would get my books moving there again. My books seem to do reasonably well there for about 6-8 weeks after publication, and then they disappear off the map. Even for free. I was hoping that the promotion would get more eyeballs on them, but apparently almost every author on Smashwords does it, so it didn’t really help. Although it did trigger the “price match” which got Amazon to give one of my books away for free there. :/ I’m about to give up on Smashwords. It’s depressing when you can’t even give your books away for free somewhere.
Discovered another writing podcast I really enjoy. Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors by K.M. Weiland. Like my favorite writing podcast, Writing Excuses, Weiland keeps it short, focused and sweet. I’m enjoying going through her back catalog. It’s pretty good stuff.
When giving beta readers a .mobi version of your book to review, include a PDF version as well. The reading experience is better on a Kindle than a PDF, but when they try to give you feedback, there are no page numbers. The PDF gives them a fixed point of reference for specific feedback.
On Monday, I’ll be posting the cover reveal for Broken Mirror. I might also be publishing it that day as well. Depends on how the revisions go this weekend.
Thanks for coming along on the journey, friends!