The following is something I wrote in 2011, before my first novel had become a New York Times ebook bestseller in March of that year. It stands as an example of how ebooks completely changed opportunities for authors who chose Read more…
Many people think that it is awesome to write for a living. I won’t say it’s a bad way to live, but making a career in writing takes time and effort. And making money at it also takes time and effort.
There is an awful lot of advice out there (you know, “out there” ) about what it takes to make a living as a writer. For my own part, luck has played a huge role in my own writing journey. However, you know what they say about making your own luck. The answer is, “Yes, you can!”
The holidays are a stressful time for most of us, anyway. But when you’re dealing with chronic health issues, normal levels of stress can spiral out of control quickly.
To be honest, I didn’t plan to be a self-published author. It’s something I stumbled into after several years of writing novels, seeking a publisher or agent, and being rejected. This was after my first novel was published by a small press that went out of business nine months later. And after I had a stroke that caused me to develop dystonia, a movement disorder that can drain my energy and motivation considerably.
My point is that if you’re going to self-publish, you should go into it fully informed. Self-publishing success doesn’t come from simply putting a book out there and waiting for readers to notice. You have to do some kind of marketing and promotion, if you wish to make a career out of self-publishing your work.
To have a sustainable career as a self-published author, you not only have to put in the time and effort to write your books, but you need to use every available resource to maximum advantage. This means creating a marketing plan. One that squeezes the maximum benefit out of each effort you engage in.
I know what you’re thinking. Not another social media marketing technique! But the truth is that it is a good idea for authors to have a Pinterest account. In fact, Pinterest has become (in effect) a search engine for people to find products. And your book is a product, after all.
But, you may ask, how can I sell books on Pinterest? It’s not a terribly interactive online space. How will I interest readers in my work there? Here are some statistics from SproutSocial that may convince you.
Would it surprise you to know that millennials use Pinterest as much as they do Instagram? In fact, half of adults aged 18 – 34 use Pinterest at least once a month.
If you’re going to take the indie author route, it’s essential to understand your rights under Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) contract.
When you self-publish your work through KDP, you are signing a contract with Amazon.
You’ve probably seen it on Twitter or Facebook or in your email box. The 30-day money back guarantee offer that you can make boatloads of money if you just follow this or that program. It’s guaranteed or your money back. If you cancel within 30 days. Ahem!
The truth is you don’t need anyone’s
overpriced advice. Or if you do decide to shell out the bucks, you’d best be prepared to wait more than 30 days to see results. Kind of makes the 30-day guarantee a bit of a joke, doesn’t it? 🙂
I’m going to make a big assumption here (which is no doubt foolish) and start with the idea that most creative professionals are a bit daunted by the notion of dealing with the technical aspects of owning your domain name. You do know what a domain name is, right?
Okay, let’s start with that. A domain name is that part of your website that comes after the “www” part. Simple, right?
In my case, the domain name for my author website is debbimack.com. Just [myname][dot]com. This is the way most authors do it, anyway.
Now, here’s why it’s important to own your domain name.