[I’m here for the zombies. Also, here’s something I wanted to do for years…write a book or otherwise be published. ]
- This is about anything you can do to get your work out there.
- Everyone has a story to tell. Find it & write it!
- CreateSpace – can do print, cds, dvds, etc.
- He did about 68g words. (Novellas 40g-60g. Short stories over1g. Novels over 60g, Flash fiction 500 words or so, just a bit of it. You can publish stuff like this on the Kindle
- Yes, you can do the trad route. It can take a while.
- He just wanted to get the 1st thing out there.
- Hardcover can be self-published, it’s just a bit expensive.Paperbacks & kindle is less expensive
- Another option: start your own publishing company. He self published thru that & now he’s also publishing others (ten speed did this)
- Just do it! Start. You can give yourself an arbitrary date to get it finished to keep you moving. Don’t worry about how you’re gonna make $ on it. Just do it because you love it. (So pick something you are passionate about.)
- Editing? Yes, get a pro to do it. Also make sure you have some continuity type checks, too. High school teachers are a cheap option [me: esp for beginning, I’d think]
- “In America, you get a job & become the person that does that job”
- Get honest input as you go along from people who kinda like the topic.
- CreateSpace is Amazon’s (and it does print & kindle)
- Ex: His $9.95 paperback yields $3.00 in royalty shares
- Kindle: you keep 30%
- Smashwords lets you keep more. They just signed with Apple for the iPad. They do Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, PC, etc.
- Lulu does paperbacks & ebooks. He feels it’s confusing. Perfers Amazon, CreateSpace, or Smashwords
- ISBN costs $125 at Bowker.
- UPC = $25. You need the barcode to get in the stores [me: yup!!]
- Get a Facebook page for your book. Find genre blogs & make contacts.
- Biggest pain! Must format text & cover to certain rules. Check with your site. For ebooks, for example, you don’t want to put a page break in it.
- [Me: read books in your ebook format before you publish in it.]
- ebooks on Kindle…NOT over $9.99 & NOT more expensive than the print copy. Half is a nice thing.
- Keep in mind, you get less $ for Kindle than print. People have a hard time understanding that. [me: Really?? That’s my librarianship kung-fu getting in the way of how most ppl think.]
- Amazon’s discussion group is great, as are blogs, etc. Participate!
- Fan page or groups on FB
- Snippets & pics of your book on FB or twitter
- Blog sites. Keep in mind that there are review sites out there.
- Shows! Conventions! People are nice there. He’s met a guy who makes fangs with a demel tool. Heehee!
- Chains can be tough. Get into website, at least. Some stores don’t get into all genre. Play the local author card.
- That starting the company thing…really makes you look serious & make it seem more professional. [me: Hey…fake it till you make it works!]
- Finding conventions – meet people, google “horror conventions”, look on discussion groups.
- How about illustrations? Cost comes in when you’re talking b&w vs color, not line drawing vs. line drawing. (With createspace, the out of pocket is only really the ISBN & UPC…the cost of the illustration comes out of the royalty, so it just reduces your royalty some.)