Starting a Newsletter!

🗓 21 Jul 2015

If you have been paying attention you will have noticed that on the sidebar I have added a newsletter widget. That's right: I'm making a newsletter. I already have some ideas for it. Blog highlights, release details. Exclusive stuff. I'm not going to list it all: that is going to be in the inaugural issue of my new newsletter. I'll be launching it after I get a good batch of subscribers. Sign up and join the fun!

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A More Visual Approach to Book Marketing

🗓 19 Jul 2015

Book marketing is probably the most draining aspect of being a self-published author. Writing the book wasn't enough. Now you have to convince everyone else to bother reading it.

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On KDP Free Promotions

🗓 07 May 2015

I enrolled How to Stop Wildfire in KDP Select basically when I first published it. This means that it is Kindle-exclusive and that I get special 'perks.' Like higher royalty rates in certain countries and promotion offers. The promo offers have two flavors: free and sale. Both can be max five days per 90day enrollment period, but you can only choose one per period. Kind of annoying, but whatever, there it is. For May 4th - May 6th I decided to do a KDP free promotion, because I heard it can really drive downloads and *hopefully* get more reviews. The results were pretty interesting and exciting.

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The Woes of Createspace and Formatting

🗓 30 Apr 2015

I said I was getting back to editing/writing the second book. That lasted a grand total of two days. I was wooed by the prospect of creating PRINT versions of How to Stop Wildfire through Createspace. Having a physical copy...just sounds too good. So being the type of person I am I delved into the world. The interface is simple enough. What to do with it is much trickier. Unlike the realm of ebooks, where conversion is easy and you only need a mildly terrible cover that requires minimal effort, print is more demanding. You need a cover that you know...is an actual cover. Front, back and spine. Fancy stuff, right? That just makes everything more complicated. More design. More thought. The good thing about having to rethink the cover is that I have to rethink the cover. Let's be honest: the cover for How to Stop Wildfire is pretty...

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Thought on marketing...

🗓 24 Apr 2015

Marketing is slightly creepy. The point of it marketing is to inform you so you can do something. Persuasion and thought-alteration on a mass level. I don't know why but it bothers me on an idealistic level. On a superficial level I completely understand it. It is necessary to get something out. I am having to do it now to spread How to Stop Wildfire and get people to read it. Does not mean I still don't find it slightly...unnerving.

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On Book Pricing

🗓 19 Apr 2015

Pricing. How much does a book cost? Or, how much is How to Stop Wildfire worth? This is a question I spent about 15 minutes on some serious time thinking about. The answer I came up with is $2.99...but with an asterisk and clauses and so on. First off: Why $2.99? Sarah, I thought you were a believer in openness and that you weren't really doing this for the money. I thought you wanted people to read it. Not throw money at it. All true. But I do want some money for it, at least initially (I'll get to this in a bit.) I am not...er...financially stable or....well have much, so I'd like some for like, things. Yeah. So not free for the moment. Then what? It basically came to $.99 vs $2.99. Any higher is just silly and overpriced from my perspective. I read a few studies and articles...

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