Thursday, 29 May 2014

Self Publishing


Every week, I'm sure no different to any other author, I get a bunch of questions from people wanting to be authors or people who already are authors but want more success.
They are always the same questions but I don't always have great answers because I'm short on time.
Questions like how did I start out, how did I succeed (don't really feel like I have yet, but thank you), how did I find my cover artists, who is my editor, who promotes my work, how did I get my agent, etc.
The list is huge.
I don't actually have time to answer the questions or even really think about them and ensure I am giving the best quality answers.
I maintain a busy release schedule.
So at the risk of sounding like a completely narcissistic, douchey asshole, I have written a 13k word booklet on the things I have done wrong. This is my advice, it isn't some get rich scheme or 'How to sell a million ebooks' nonsense. In the last year I've sold nearly a million ebooks yes, but if I'd been a smarter cookie I could have sold way more. I don't know much about what I got right, but I know what I got wrong.
I also know what pisses me off, so some of the tips are common sense things.
The book cost the same as always to create, cover and editing and yada yada yada, so I am charging .99c to cover the cost of it. I'm not doing it for money, I'm doing it to save myself some time and to help people who are new or trying to increase their sales or just want to laugh at all the shit I did wrong.