Old Endings, New Beginnings & Getting Down to Business

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Blank Pages In An Open NotebookFor about the past year I’ve been exclu­sive with Amazon’s KDP pro­gram. Ini­tial­ly I saw an upsurge in sales. Noth­ing huge, mind you, but a notice­able dif­fer­ence. Then I ran into some major hic­cups. My ebook kept show­ing up for sale on oth­er sights, mak­ing me not so exclu­sive, and KDP would kick me out of the pro­gram. I have my past with Smash­words and my very unfor­tu­nate past with Xlib­ris (hor­rif­ic van­i­ty pub­lish­ing) to thank for that. Each time I man­aged to get my ebook removed from one mar­ket, I’d sign back up with KDP. Each time this hap­pened, about four times in total, I found that I couldn’t recov­er and sales were even few­er.

I real­ized that I was prob­a­bly going about things all the wrong way. Go fig­ure, I’m new at this, and besides hav­ing lit­tle time, I’m lazy. I want­ed to make sell­ing my book as sim­ple as pos­si­ble. I also spent more time wor­ry­ing about that book than I spent wor­ry­ing about my cur­rent projects and about this site.

Along the way I also just got off track with my writ­ing. I was los­ing my resolve and my hope. Then I came upon this fair­ly new and inter­est­ing pod­cast called Rock­ing Self Pub­lish­ing host­ed by Simon. I encour­age you to lis­ten to a few of the inter­views. They are incred­i­bly enlight­en­ing and edu­ca­tion­al. You will quick­ly learn just how gen­er­ous oth­er indie authors are as they share some incred­i­ble infor­ma­tion about self pub­lish­ing. A site that always helps set a fire beneath my cre­ativ­i­ty and give me indie author hope is that of Lind­say Buro­ker, author of The Emperor’s Edge series. Besides being a suc­cess­ful and pro­lif­ic indie author she imparts some amaz­ing advice over at her site.

So, I made the deci­sion to make some changes. We are always chang­ing aren’t we? It’s sup­posed to keep us on our toes, I guess, but to be hon­est, it tires me out.

  • I didn’t sign back up for the KDP pro­gram. What’s the point? Few­er venues means less vis­i­bil­i­ty and few­er sales.
  • I’ve repub­lished An Unpro­duc­tive woman on Smash­words and as a result it will soon be avail­able at many out­lets. In this case, more is more.
  • I’ve come to the real­iza­tion that I need to STOP avoid­ing out­lin­ing and give it an hon­est try. I’ve been pants­ing myself into lit­er­ary holes. I can’t seem to stay jazzed about a sto­ry or com­plete a sto­ry because I end up float­ing in space with no direc­tion.
  • I’ve decid­ed to start work­ing with some inter­nal dead­lines. I need to com­plete one of the mul­ti­ple projects I’ve start­ed over the last year. Not hav­ing done so when I know that I am capa­ble has dealt a blow to my writer’s self esteem.
  • I’m active­ly look­ing for reli­able betas and rea­son­ably priced edi­tors. So if you have any sug­ges­tions please send them my way.
  • I’ve dust­ed of the pic­ture I pur­chased over a year ago with the intent to use on a book cov­er. I’m using it as the back­ground on my desk­top to keep me moti­vat­ed about this project that I whol­ly believe in.
  • I’m get­ting back to my old sched­ule, where I rise at 0400 to get some writ­ing done.
  • I will take no pris­on­ers or excus­es.

See you at suc­cess.

  • house­ofwilliams

    This is some­thing that has trou­bled me great­ly. I want to pub­lish with NOOK to expand my con­sumer base, but Ama­zon-Kin­dle seems to have this antag­o­nis­tic thing going with B&N Nook. This is why I want to start my own pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny. If and when I do, con­sid­er your­self signed!