The hows of indie publishing

What’s the best way to self-publish?

Since starting this project at the beginning of August, I’ve been concentrating entirely on writing: the process and structure around creating a book. I’d assumed that when I’m finished writing, I’ll simply log into Amazon, upload my text, choose a publishing option and release it to Kindle. Job done!

This is one way of releasing a book, but having read a bit on the subject, I’m not convinced it is the best, or certainly not the only publishing route an indie author should take. If that’s the case, what is the best way then?

This post is a call for information. If you have written any posts around publishing or have experience or knowledge on the subject then please write me a note or send me a link to your blog. I’ve created a page on this blog (see Indie Publishing link above) to collate any information, either leave me a comment there or below on this post.

Thanks for any help you can give with this – I’ll resume my regular updates on the lost dabs project over the weekend as usual.

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7 thoughts on “The hows of indie publishing

  1. I am in about the same position. I am working with Lulu.com. It’s worth checking out. Two people I am connected to: one does amazon only, the other does amazon and barnes and noble both directly as you described. I ordered indie publishing book from amazon and it has been helpful. Good luck! Happy writing!

    • Thanks for your thoughts on this. How much success have you had with lulu.com? Do you get any promotion with this as you go? I’ll definitely check it out if it’s working for you – always pleased to hear good ideas!

  2. Personally I’ve had my best results with Amazon. I initially published on Smashwords as well, but have sold almost nothing through them, and it caused me no end of trouble when I tried to enroll into KDP Select for the free promo opportunity (KDP Select requires you to be exclusive to Amazon).
    The limitation of Amazon is that your book will be available for Kindle readers only. For me, as a UK writer, that’s not too much of a problem, since the Kindle is by far the most popular e-reader in Britain. For the American market it might pay to have your book available for Nook, iPad, etc. as well, but while Smashwords is fantastic on the conversion, ease of use and customer service, I also get the feeling that it’s more and more becoming a dumping ground for badly-written porn stories of little more than 3000 words that are offered up either for free or for extortionate prices, and all the good stuff just gets lost in the mire.
    I’ve made my book available in paperback through CreateSpace, which I’ve had no problems with. That said, I make little to no sales in paperback, because print on demand is an expensive way of producing books. My first book clocks in at just under 400 pages and is available for (I think) $13, and I get less than a dollar in royalties out of that.
    Those are my experiences, I’m sure there are others who have something to say on this as well.

    • Thanks for your thoughts on this. I’ve been considering which way to go for a while, but given the time constraints on the project, I think it will be best for me to go the Kindle route for first publish. I understand you get to publish through the KDP route in 90 day chunks, so I’m planning to do that to start with. It takes the pressure off publishing in different formats and managing that process when I’m already up against it.
      I have a bit of a problem with Amazon demanding exclusivity, but I see it a bit like Apple and their app store – with newer Kindle Devices coming out all the time I think it’s the one people will have – certainly in the UK, like you say. It’s not ideal, but I’m not looking to produce hard copies so I’m happy with the coverage… for now.
      Have you sold a lot through Amazon? Do you price low, or a bit higher to show there’s some quality in the book? How has Amazon’s promotion worked out for you? Would love to hear more, if you have time of course!

      • Also, picking up on H’s point – my goal is to release a book by Christmas. The reason for this (when I came up with the idea) is to tap into the Christmas market with all those lucky people who get a Kindle in their Christmas stocking. Commercialism in the making!

      • Heh, my sales are slow through Amazon, but they were nonexistent through Smashwords. I’m certainly not making a killing and I’m still figuring out why, since I’m getting good reviews. I have a suspicion my covers aren’t quite doing the trick, but I don’t know.
        I haven’t experimented much with pricing, so there’s little I can say about that. I’ve kept my first book low and my second book higher, since I figured that if people like my first book they’ll be more inclined to pay more for the second one.
        As for the promo, I did this post about that: http://theftandsorcery.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/free-promotion-the-aftermath/
        Hopefully that’ll help a bit. =)

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