Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Revision Progress

I've revised 11,300 words of my book, The Complete Guide to Being Evil, in the last week, which averages about 1.6k a day. Go me! I'll keep working as quickly as possible. Also in the last week I have found and settled on an editor and cover artist.

I spoke with a marketing consultant recently, and it sounds like I've planned out most of the steps myself already. Get a book trailer on YouTube, hire ad space, blog tours, focusing marketing online for my target reader. And I'd also thought of some things she didn't mention, like sending some well-watched vlog book reviewers a free copy of my book in return for a review, and paying Kirkus Reviews for their say.

So. . .do I really need a marketing consultant? It's starting to look like I don't. It would be cheaper and not that much harder to run my own campaign.

What steps have you taken to further your goals recently?

8 comments:

  1. Seems to me you have everything in control. What made you decide to self-publish?

    As for my goals, I guess if getting my name out there is a goal, then I took another step in that direction by joining a Facebook page with other Lyrical Press authors. Never had a page before, so it's also a learning experience, and I like the fact I'm not doing it alone.

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    1. I decided to self publish partly because my book doesn't fit neatly into a box for the agents and editors to deal with. It's bizarre, funny, horrific at places, and it's an urban fantasy without romance. But it works, and I know there's a market for it.

      Another reason is the publishing industry is shaking, and more eBooks are being bought now than physical ones, but traditional publishers still take most of the money from them, even though there's no print cost.

      Most importantly, while I was at SpoCon recently, Brandon Sanderson himself said that it doesn't matter whether you're traditionally published or self published, you should do the same amount of self-marketing as a debut author. That was the last reason I wanted to go traditional, so I wouldn't have to worry about that. If I'm going to worry about it anyway, I want to get 80% of the sale price, not 15%.

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    2. Your book sounds like it's in the same genre as Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, so yeah, there's definintely a market for it.

      But just realize, you'll keep all the profits, but you'll have to fork over the money for editors and cover artists and hope you get it back. That's the risk a publisher takes. Of course, you have to get one to want your work.

      I went with a small publisher knowing I would get a smaller percentage (not too shabby, though), but also knowing I would learn so much about the publishing world (and I have). For me it's about the experience. Hopefully I'll gain enough so that if I ever have to self-publish later on, I'll know what to look for.

      I hope your experiences in self-publishing are all good! I might need some pointers some day.

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    3. Thanks! So far I have the cover artist, editor, and filmmaker (for the book trailer, which I still find goofy) all lined up, and at reasonable prices. Definitely worth it if I sell over 1,000 copies. And I've found pretty affordable ways to market, too.

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  2. I actually think I'm going to self-publish, too. This has been a recent idea and I haven't made an official announcement, but I'm asking everyone I can for input on marketing ideas and help with a cover, editing, and a book trailer. I've also enlisted a street team, lol. I'm going to do the marketing myself. I think that you don't have to do marketing by the book. Look at the woman who created Spanx! Haha. The only thing I'm concerned about is the expenses! And I'm wanting to have ARCs of my book printed before it's actually published. We'll see. lol.

    Congrats on these steps toward your goal!! :)

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    1. Well, I now know lots about all that (except the ARCs, I'm just not doing that part), so I could help!

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    2. I'd love that!! I created a marketing plan today and gave myself a timeline. Are you going through createspace?

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    3. I will be for print books on Amazon, but maybe not immediately. I'll shoot you an email later and we can exchange plans. :)

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